"Political Impressions of the Wizard of Oz" BY: Allie King

Dorothy was a representation of the all American girl.
She represents hard working people of the United States, that wanted a change in politics and government.

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true - Dorothy

The scarecrow represents the American farmer.
The politicians thought of farmers as brain dead, and uneducated in the topic of politics.
The Tin Man was thought of as the American industrial worker.
The American industrial worker was overused, and taken advantage of by wealthy and powerful employers.

The Cowardly Lion was thought of as William Jennings Bryan, Democratic candidate in 1896 and 1900, was known for his persuasive fiery and a coward.

The Wicked Witch of the East is known as Wall Street financiers, eastern big elite businessmen, and Washington politicians.
Wall Street back in the 1900s
The Wizard of Oz was a substitute for any president of the United States who's power was deceptive. He was just trying to survive and make it in the big world.
The Silver Slippers represents silver the element.
Many people believed that expanding the money supply would stop the boom or bust business cycles.
The Munchkins represent the beggared mass of the U.S. citizens.
They were in need of a change, but didn't know how to change it by themselves.
The Wicked Witch of the West represent western manufacturers, bankers, and the railroads.
Good Witch of the West
She represents the midwestern farmers and others in that area who were strongly opposed to politicians who ran the ecomony and political systems.
The Land of Oz.
Oz is the short version of ounce, which was the measurement of weight citizens wanted the silver along with the gold at.
The cyclone
The free silver movement, compared to the depression of the 1890s which was the cyclone robbing people of their farms and families.

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