In honor of one of Nebraska's most prominent citizens, the University of Nebraska College of Law will stage a panel discussion of Bryan on November 3. I will join Michael Kazin and Nebraska's own Will Thomas and Susan Franck in pondering the legacy of "The Great Commoner."
Bryan's own words from "The Law and the Gospel," an oration before the St. Paul Methodist Church in Lincoln during his legendary 1896 presidential campaign, are especially apt:
You cannot judge a man's life by the success of a moment, by the victory of an hour, or even by the results of a year. You must view his life as a whole. You must stand where you can see the man as he treads the entire path that leads from the cradle to the grave—now crossing the plain, now climbing the steeps, now passing through pleasant fields, now wending his way with difficulty between rugged rocks—tempted, tried, tested, triumphant.