Released by the Lubin Corporation some five weeks before the 1908 presidential election, this one-reel documentary was obviously partial to "populist" candidate William Jennings Bryan. The film was shot in Bryan's hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, where "The Great Commoner" was seen commiserating with his friends and constituents. Although far less charismatic than his running mate, vice presidential candidate John W. Kern was also seen to good advantage. The film ended with a close-up (still a rarity in 1908) of Bryan and Kern sharing a few confidences for the benefit of the camera. Despite plenty of support in the "farm belt," Bryan lost to the Republican candidate, William Howard Taft.
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