Examples Of Bimetallism In The Wizard Of Oz

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a novel written by L. Frank Baum, originally published on May 17, 1900. The novel tells the story of a young girl by the name of Dorothy and her journey through the world of Oz to find her way home. The novel has been connected to political topics by indirectly referencing the Populist Party, bimetallism, and Washington DC. The novel begins with a description of Dorothy’s life. She lives with her aunt and uncle in a small gray house, surrounded by gray fields in every direction. The scene is overall portrayed as dull and boring. Dorothy’s only companion is her dog Toto, who she loves dearly. Suddenly a cyclone comes upon the house and in the rush of trying to get to safety, Dorothy finds herself stuck in the …show more content…
The witches represent the different people within America. The Good Witches of the South and North represented the farmers in the south and Bryan’s populist supporters in the North and Northwest. The Wicked Witches both represented adversaries to the farmers and their goals. The Wicked Witch of the East represented the Wall Street Bankers in New York led by JP Morgan, while the Wicked Witch of the West represented both the bad weather and drought and the western politicians who opposed populism. She had one eye showing the opposition to bimetallism, and was destroyed by water symbolizing water ending the drought and liquidity ending the depression. …show more content…
Likewise in his Cross of Gold speech, William Jenning Bryan speaks out against the gold standard and shows his support for the free coinage of silver. During a Democratic convention in which they were debating the monetary plank in their platform, Bryan deliver this speech that would cause a frenzy with in the convention. In his speech Bryan called his cause “as holy as the cause of liberty” (Bryan). He called upon the congressmen to think not as individuals but as representatives for people. Bryan goes on to state that the gold standard has slain tens of thousands, and ends his speech stating that to anyone supporting the gold standard, that they will fight back, and that they will not allow mankind to be crucified upon a cross of gold. (Bryan) This speech left the convention in a crazy frenzy, even sweeping supporters of the gold standard into the cheering. The next day Bryan was chosen to be the Democratic nominee and the platform was set on bimetallism.

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