Is it any surprise that a gold standard is being proposed when most Americans don’t have any? History anyone? 112 years ago Mr. McKinley was nominated upon a platform that declared for the maintenance of the gold standard. Mr. McKinley was the most popular man among the Republicans. If they dare to come out in the open field and defend the gold standard as a good thing, we shall fight them to the uttermost…Having behind us the commercial interests and the laboring interests and all the toiling masses, we shall answer their demands for a gold standard by saying to them, you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.
William J. Bryan July 9, 1896 Official Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention • Chicago, Illinois