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Thread #50569   Message #1786049
Posted By: Peace
17-Jul-06 - 10:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Add: Blue Water Line (Graf & Seligson)
Subject: RE: Blue Water Line
After 1896


Bryan ran for the presidency again in 1900 and 1908; while he stressed many of the same themes, U.S. foreign relations became more important, and Bryan became a leading 'anti-imperialist.' He never won the presidency, but when Woodrow Wilson was elected president in 1912 (after a convention battle blocking Bryan's fourth nomination), Bryan was appointed Secretary of State. He resigned in protest over 'war preparedness,' as Wilson carried the nation into World War I.

In 1925 Bryan faced off in the courtroom against Clarence Darrow in the famous 'Scopes Trial,' held in Dayton, Tennessee. The trial tested whether evolution could be taught in schools, and Bryan represented the views of creationists who supported a literal interpretation of the Biblical creation story. Though Bryan won, the conviction of John Scopes--a Tennessee teacher who had purposely broken the law--was later overturned. Bryan died a week after the trial, still a controversial figure, but now seen as a religious conservative rather than an economic radical.