Entry from US English dictionary
Denoting a US political movement for the free coinage of silver, especially that of the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
- For example, in 1900, Jane Lathrop Stanford, the sole trustee of Stanford University, forced Professor Edward Ross to resign because of his support of the free silver movement and his criticism of the corporate and political order.
- The debate over free silver in the United States and many other countries was, evidently, a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.
- Eastern bankers were blamed for a depressed silver market, and the Democratic Party adopted the demand for unlimited free silver in the presidential campaign of 1896.
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