William Jennings Bryan, “Imperialism,” Textual Authentication

1. Speech Title as it is to be printed: Imperialism

2. Exact Date and Place of Speech Delivery: 8 August 1900, Indianapolis, IN

3. Complete Name of Speaker, with year and birth and year of death: William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)

4. Complete name of editor or compiler of electronic text, with indication of role: Elizabeth Gardner (editor)

5. Date of Electronic edition: 2009

6. Languages: English (100%)

7. Library of Congress Subject Heading:  E664

8. Indication of editing functions performed: Elizabeth Gardner, data entry and proof reading of electronic copy-text, collation of electronic copy-text with other versions, and editing of electronic text, February 2008- April 2009

Statement of Editorial Procedures

The copy-text is Bryan 1900 (=A), a newspaper printing of the delivered address that appeared in the Boston Globe. In a letter from O.J. Smith of the American Associated Press to WJB on August 10, 1900, he thanked Bryan for the advance copy of the speech, revealing that Bryan released a copy of his speech to the press before it was delivered.[1] Furthermore, the first paragraph of the speech present in a New York Times article conveyed Bryan’s intention to read his speech. Thus a newspaper transcription of the speech was chosen. According to the N.W. Ayer & Son’s American Newspaper Annual: Containing a Catalogue of American Newspapers, the Boston Globe had a circulation of 194,111 in 1900,[2] whereas the New York Times only had a circulation of 40,000.[3] The Boston Globe text of the speech was therefore chosen for its greater circulation at that time.

Bryan 1900 (=B) is followed for paragraphing, spelling, capitalization, titling, and punctuation.

Paragraph numbers have been added in square brackets.

Non-grammatical forms have been changed and noted to reflect standard grammatical forms of language as reflected in (B).

The text of this edition has been thoroughly checked and proofread.

All double quotation marks are rendered with “, all single quotation marks with apostrophe ‘.

This copy text is not subject to end-of-line hyphenation.

Departures from the Copy-Text and General Editorial Procedures

Departures from the copy-text and general editorial procedures are as follows (reference numbers specify paragraph in which the departure occurs):

Notes

[1] O.J. Smith to William Jennings Bryan, 10 August 1900, Box 25, William Jennings Bryan Papers, Library of Congress.

[2] N.W. Ayer & Son’s American Newspaper Annual: Containing a Catalogue of American Newspapers, (Philadelphia, PA: N.W. Ayer & Son, 1900), 1:352.

[3] N.W. Ayer, 2:597.