Presentation on theme: "A Parable of the Populist Era"— Presentation transcript:
1 A Parable of the Populist Era The Wizard of OzA Parable of the Populist Era
2 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum Book was written in 1900 when the Populist movement was a relatively current event in American politics
3 The Characters Dorothy The Scarecrow The Tin Woodsman “Every person” with common senseThe ScarecrowThe farmersThe Tin WoodsmanDehumanized laborThe Cowardly LionWm. Jennings Bryan
4 The Wicked Witch of the West The harsh environment of the Great Plains
5 The Wicked Witch of the East The eastern industrialists and bankers who controlled the little people (The Munchkins)
6 Toto The Good Witch The tee totaling prohibitionists The Farmers Alliance (The Grange)
7 Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers Were actually silver slippers in the book but in the Technicolor film, red looked better than silverSilver was the Populists solution to the nation’s economic problems
8 The WizardRepresents any one of the Presidents from the Gilded Age
9 The Yellow Brick Road Emerald City (With all the dangers along the way) represented the Gold StandardEmerald CityWashington, D.C.
10 OzIs the abbreviation for ounces, a reference to the silverites who supported free silver in the ratio of 16 oz. of silver to 1 oz. of gold
11 And as any Populist would know… There is no place like home (steading)!
12 Why did the Populist Party disappear? Major political parties adopted ideas of the Populists – no need for a minor partyGold discovered in Alaska(1898) – no need for silverBetter economic times returned for the farmersFamine in Europe increased demand for American products immigration to US meant more “mouths to feed”“Golden Age of American Agriculture” ( )
13 Importance of the Populist Party Many Populist suggestions were eventually adopted into lawMinority group can create change within the system!!!