Populism Students Notes and comparing the Wizard of Oz

Populism Students Notes and comparing the Wizard of Oz
Populism Students Notes and comparing the Wizard of Oz
Populism Students Notes and comparing the Wizard of Oz
Populism Students Notes and comparing the Wizard of Oz
Populism Students Notes and comparing the Wizard of Oz
Populism Students Notes and comparing the Wizard of Oz
Populism Students Notes and comparing the Wizard of Oz
Populism Students Notes and comparing the Wizard of Oz
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Populism Students Notes and comparing the Wizard of Oz
Topics include
What were some problems faced by farmers at the end of the 1800’s?

Panic of 1893

China and Foreign Policy

Silver Dividing the Nation
Goldbug Silverite




Populism “The People’s” Party



Party Platform



Jacob Coxey & Industrial Army

1896 William J. Bryan (democrat Vs. William McKinley (Republican)
Populists Side with:

End to Populism

Lasting Results

Name __________________________________ Date_____
Populist Party Rise and Platform Travis

Why was Populism so Appealing????
Read Mary Elizabeth Lease’ exert
1. When did she write this

2. What was going on for farmers at the time period?

3. Lease is a woman who is speaking to a group of women. What does this say about women’s involvement in politics in the 1890s?

4. Read the first paragraph
a. How is this supposed to make the audience feel?

b. Why might she make religious references?

5. Read the second & third paragraphs
a. How is this supposed to make the audience feel?

b. Who are the good guys?

c. Who are the bad guys?

d. What emotions does she appeal to?

6. Read the final paragraph
a. How was this supposed to make the audience feel?

Read William Jennings’s Bryan’s Speech
1. What are troubles he mentions?

2. Where is he speaking? What is his purpose?

3. Based on his speech, how do you think farmers and workers were feeling about business and industry? Find a quote to support your answer

4. What’s the main point of his speech?

5. What are two similarities between this speech and the speech by Mary Elizabeth Lease?

6. Why were speakers like Lease and Bryan popular with farmers in 1890s?

Jacob Coxey & Industrial Army
1. What does the Constitution guarantee?

2. Who do (es) he/they stand there on behalf?

3. What are some problems he mentions?

Party Platform (What are they for!!!)
• Using the text, create a party platform for the populist party

1. Where are they from? Which political party democrat or republican would more likely align (of this era)

2. What is their “Nickname”?

3. What are things they are against?

4. What reforms do they want in relation to…? (What do they want??)
a. Money supply
b. Government reform
c. Labor
d. Other

Name ____________________________ Date___________
The Wizard of Oz and Populism Allegory Travis

The Wizard of Oz and Populism Allegory
The idea of using the Wizard of Oz as an allegory on populism was first originated by Henry Littlefield in 1964. It has been used, embellished, and expanded on over the decades but remains an effective tool to help understand, appreciate, and remember the key issues of this important period of history(populist/ progressive era).
Although Frank Baum never intended this piece to be a political commentary, it is see some novel interpretations and new symbolism. See If you can match which Character from the Wizard of Oz Matches with the character or event from this time period. Be sure to give an explanation

A. Washington DC B) China/ American foreign policy C) The enslaved / indebted working class
D) Industrial Workers E. William McKinley (pres)
F. Ounce (Measurement for gold) G) Teetotalers or Prohibitionists H) The Banks
I) The Farmers J) William Jennings Bryan K)The American Indians
L) The Gold Standard M) Free Silver N) The Archetype good and decent American
O) Coxey’s March to Washington DC

1. The Tornado
2. Toto
3. Wicked Witch of the West
4. Tin Woodsman
5. The Scarecrow
6. Cowardly Lion
7. Emerald City
8. Poppy Field
9. The Winkies
10. Flying Monkies
11. Yellow Brick Road
12. Ruby Slippers
13. The Wizard
14. Dorothy
15. Oz

16. Journey by lion, tin man , Dorothy Toto to Emerald City

Jacob Coxey's Address on Behalf of the Industrial Army

The Constitution of the United States guarantees to all citizens the right to peaceably assemble and petition for redress of grievances, and furthermore declares that the right of free speech shall not be abridged.
We stand here to-day to test these guaranties of our Constitution. We choose this place of assemblage because it is the property of the people. . . . Here rather than at any other spot upon the continent it is fitting that we should come to mourn over our dead liberties and by our protest arouse the imperiled nation to such action as shall rescue the Constitution and resurrect our liberties.
Upon these steps where we stand has been spread a carpet for the royal feet of a foreign princess, the cost of whose lavish entertainment was taken from the public Treasury without the consent or the approval of the people. Up these steps the lobbyists of trusts and corporations have passed unchallenged on their way to committee rooms, access to which we, the representatives of the toiling wealth-producers, have been denied.
We stand here to-day in behalf of millions of toilers whose petitions have been buried in committee rooms, whose prayers have been unresponded to, and whose opportunities for honest, remunerative, productive labor have been taken from them by unjust legislation, which protects idlers, speculators, and gamblers: we come to remind the Congress here assembled of the declaration of a United States Senator, "that for a quarter of a century the rich have been growing richer, the poor poorer and that by the close of the present century the middle class will have disappeared as the struggle for existence becomes fierce and relentless."
--Jacob S. Coxey, "Address of Protest" on the steps of the Capitol, from the Congressional Record, 53rd Congress, 2nd Session (9 May 1894), 4512.

There are millions of heads of families partially or wholly out of employment, and many of these must live in some degree on the earnings of their friends. In the agricultural districts wages have fallen one-half. In manufacturing and other lines, where labor is organized, and the unions will not permit reductions, wages remain more nearly at the old figures, but as there is nothing to prevent employers from reducing the number of their employees, this has been done to such an extent that the aggregate of all wages paid is at the starvation point.
--Denver News, 20 September 1896

There is to be a presidential election this year; in view of which it may be well to remark--
That workingmen will not be taxed less under a Republican president than they have been under a Democrat.
That there will be no more opportunities open to labor in the next four years than there have been in the past four.
That it will be just as difficult to "make ends meet" in the four years coming as in the four years going.
That there will be no more flour in the bin with a McKinley in the White House than there has been with a Cleveland.
That concentration of wealth will rather be accelerated than otherwise by the change. That the election of a Republican or a Democrat as president of this "republic" will have no more effect on inventionand the use of more machinery, than the kick of a gnat on the Rocky Mountain.
We admit that this is rather a gloomy forecast; but experience warrants it and events will justify it.
--The Coming Nation, March 21, 1896

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