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Master of Arts (MA)




Before 1912, the Nebraska delegates to the national party conventions were chosen by state conventions, dominated the local bosses. The presidential preference primary law now effective for the first time, provided for popular choice of delegates, and left the politicians guessing as to the character of those delegations. There were inclications in October, 1911, that the Nebraska republicans favored William Howard Taft and Robert H. La Follette. The democratic situation was far more complex. The followers of William Jennings Bryan were divided about eqaully between Woodrow Wilson and Champ Clark, while Bryan was friendly to both. Democratic organization leaders, particularly in Omaha, were antagonistic to Bryan, and favored the nomination of Governor Judson Harmon of Ohio. Bryan, three times the democratic candidate for president, declared in an address at Kansas City early in October, 1911, that he was not a candidate for the president of the United States. Bryan general purpose was to advocate progressive policies designed to bring about the nomination of a progressive candidate.


A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Department of History and Government Municipal University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts. Copyright 1940, C. L. Hartman

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