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Election of 1896 and The Wizard of Oz
Transcript of Election of 1896 and The Wizard of Oz
"Hi, my name is..."
Dorothy sets out on the journey and meets some interesting characters along the way...
"We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!"
McKinley vs. Bryan
Gold vs. Silver
Easterners vs. Westerners
Industrialists vs. Farmers
Silver shoes on Gold walkway
*16 oz of silver=1 oz of gold*
The Emerald City
The Wizard tells them to kill the Wicked Witch of the West and provides them with the necessary tools
He says that after they kill her, they'll get home, a heart, courage, and a brain
"Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore!"
Dorothy and Toto are swept up in a tornado, which takes them from Kansas to Oz
Dorothy drops a house on the Wicked Witch of the East and kills her, her depressing nature is lifted
Munchkins are liberated, able to flourish economically again
Dorothy takes the Witch's silver slippers and finds out she must journey to Oz in order to return home to Kansas
Tin Woodsman-When a man's an empty kettle,/He should be on his mettle/And yet I'm torn apart./Just because I'm presumin'/ That I could be kinda human,/ If I only had a heart./I'd be tender — I'd be gentle/And awful sentimental/Regarding Love and Art/I'd be friends with sparrows/And the boy who shoots the arrows/If I only had a heart.
Cowardly Lion-Yeah, it's sad, believe me, missy,/
When you're born to be a sissy,/Without the vim and verve,/But I could show my prowess,/Be a lion, not a mow-ess,/If I only had the nerve./I'm afraid there's no denyin'/I'm just a dandy-lion —/A fate I don't deserve.
Scarecrow-Why, if I had a brain, I could —/I could while away the hours,/Conferrin' with the flowers,/Consultin' with the rain./And my head I'd be scratchin'/While my thoughts were busy hatchin'/If I only had a brain.
"I'm melting, I'm melting!"
Dorothy kills the Wicked Witch of the West
The group goes back to Oz to receive their gifts
From History to Allegory...
1893-Financial crash, questions raised about gold or silver standard
16 oz of silver to 1 oz of gold
William Jennings Bryan-Democrat, silver standard, gives Cross of Gold speech*
William McKinley-Republican, gold standard, back by Eastern money and Marc Hanna**
McKinley wins because of a "fear McKinley" tactic and Bryan's failure to win a single state from the Northeast
Gold becomes the standard
*Cross of Gold Speech-advocates bimetallism, liked by farmers, hated by easterners
**Marc Hanna-wealthy Cleveland man, funded McKinley's campaign, came up with the "fear McKinley" tactic