Presentation on theme: "The Wizard of Oz A Populist Allegory? Mr. Bach Hudson High School United States History."— Presentation transcript:
The Wizard of Oz A Populist Allegory? Mr. Bach Hudson High School United States History
What Gives a Dollar Value? Today? Late 19 th Century?
19 th Century Monetary Fight East Coast Bankers (Rich) –Creditors (They have provided loans to farmers for land, seed, machinery, etc.) –Back the Gold Standard –Want the amount of currency in U.S. to stay fixed or low growth. Plains Farmers (Poor) –Debtors (They have taken out loans that they must pay back) –Back the Free Coinage of Silver –Want the amount of currency in the U.S. to expand
“The Cross of Gold” William Jennings Bryan (1896 Democratic Candidate for President) “You Shall Not Crucify Mankind Upon a Cross of Gold!”
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Published in 1900 by L. Frank Baum