Presentation on theme: "A Parable of the Populist Era"— Presentation transcript:
1A Parable of the Populist Era The Wizard of OzA Parable of the Populist Era
2The 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
3The Characters Dorothy The Scarecrow The Tin Woodsman “Every person” with common senseThe ScarecrowThe farmersThe Tin WoodsmanDehumanized laborThe Cowardly LionWm. Jennings Bryan
4The Wicked Witch of the West The harsh environment of the Great Plains
5The Wicked Witch of the East The eastern industrialists and bankers who controlled the little people (The Munchkins)
6Toto The Good Witch The tee totaling prohibitionists The Farmers Alliance (The Grange)
7Dorothy’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
8The WizardRepresents any one of the Presidents from the Gilded Age
9The Yellow Brick Road Emerald City (With all the dangers along the way) represented the Gold StandardEmerald CityWashington, D.C.
10OzIs 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
11And as any Populist would know… There is no place like home (steading)!
12Why 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” ( )
13Importance of the Populist Party Many Populist suggestions were eventually adopted into lawMinority group can create change within the system!!!