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Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz

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Published by Mr. Graham Long

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Published by: Mr. Graham Long on Oct 21, 2010
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:Children's Story, or PoliticalAllegory? 
 
The year is 1900, and the country is in chaos. Large scaledissatisfaction by farmers and other Americans has led to political turmoil. It is perceived by many that big bankers andthe Industrial Robber Barons have taken control of thecountry, at the expense of the common worker. Change wasneeded.It was in this environment that a South Dakota newspaper editor named L. Frank Baum wrote a children's story,
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 
, in 1900. That story spawned 13sequels, and several Hollywood adaptations, including thefamous 1939 version that you are about to watch.However, a critical examination of the events and people in
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 
suggests that it can be read asmore than just a children's story. In fact, a large stream of references to current events in 1900 suggest that the book isalso a sly piece of political satire, and indeed serves as a useful summary of the era.As you will see, each one of the characters and events in
The Wizard of Oz 
can be linked toan historical figure or event from this important era. Hopefully, using this familiar story as aguide will serve as a useful (and perhaps even fun!) way of learning about this very confusingand tumultuous era in United States History.So click your heels together, because we're off! 
 
Oh boy Toto! Let's learnabout Populism of theearly 20th Century!Bark!
 
Cast of Characters
Use the following table to keep track of all the different characters/events and who/what theyrepresent.
Character/EventWho/What It RepresentsImpact/Significance
CycloneDorothyTotoOzWicked Witch of the EastThe MunchkinsWicked Witch of the WestGood Witch of the NorthThe Wizard of OzThe Emerald City

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