NEBRASKA: Bryan's Last Stand

In Nebraska, where political oratory is apt to be gusty, the memory of William Jennings Bryan, greatest and gustiest of Nebraska politicians, is revered by many people. It seemed quite proper, then, when the Bryan Memorial Commission produced a 13-ton, 8-ft. bronze likeness of the late Great Commoner and planted it on the steps of the handsome, "skyscraper" (19-story) state capitol. The statue was no sooner in place than a storm of angry protests broke over the head of Governor Val Peterson. Republican pride was outraged that a Democrat should desecrate the capitol's steps. The...

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