Category Archives: 1890s

McKinley decisively defeats Bryan in presidential election 120 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 3 1896)


Video: 'The American Presidential Election of 1896'

(Tuesday, November 3, 1896, during the 1896 presidential campaign) — Republican former Governor William McKinley of Ohio was elected President of the United States today over Democratic former Rep. William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska. Continue reading McKinley decisively defeats Bryan in presidential election 120 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 3 1896)

William Jennings Bryan delivers ‘Cross of Gold’ speech at DNC in Chicago 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 9 1896)


Video: 'William Jennings Bryan's Cross of Gold Speech'

(Thursday, July 9, 1896, 2:00 p.m. local time) — Former Rep. William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska delivered his famous “Cross of Gold” speech at the 1896 Democratic National Convention at Chicago Coliseum, in which he decried the gold standard, concluding, “you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” Continue reading William Jennings Bryan delivers ‘Cross of Gold’ speech at DNC in Chicago 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 9 1896)

U.S. Supreme Court upholds racial segregation 120 years ago today (May 18 1896)


Video: 'Plessy v. Ferguson'

(Monday, May 18, 1896) — The U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, today upheld the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation in public facilities under the doctrine of “separate but equal.”

The decision was handed down by a vote of 7 to 1 with the majority opinion written by Justice Henry Billings Brown and the dissent written by Justice John Marshall Harlan.

The concept was renounced 58 years later in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.