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Do Now. Based on our lesson from yesterday, what were the major political issues and figures of the Populist era?. Wizard of Oz – Populism Connection. Video Introduction. What are the characters seen in the video? How might these characters be related to Populism?. Activity.

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Do Now

  • Based on our lesson from yesterday, what were the major political issues and figures of the Populist era?


Wizard of Oz – Populism Connection


Video Introduction

  • What are the characters seen in the video?

  • How might these characters be related to Populism?


Activity

Using the following characters and landmarks from The Wizard of Oz, determine how they might symbolize information about the Populist movement.

  • Scarecrow

  • Tin Man

  • Lion

  • Dorothy’s silver slippers

  • Yellow-brick road

  • Wicked Witch of the East/West

  • The Wizard


I. Wizard of Oz – Populist Connection

  • Symbolizes Bimetallism

  • In the original book:

    • yellow brick road: gold

    • Traveled the road with silver slippers

      • In 1939, the movie changed the silver slippers into ruby slippers.

    • Dorothy leads:

      • Scarecrow: Farmers

      • Tin Woodman: Workers

      • Cowardly Lion: Politicians

  • Goal is to see the Wizard (President) in Oz (Oz. = Ounce)

  • Munchkins: the “little” people

  • Wicked Witch of the West: Giant Corporations (the enemy)

  • Dorothy defeats the Witch: Progressives tried to defeat the Corporations


I. Cultural Changes

Goal 7.04: Examine the impact of technological changes on economic, social, and cultural life in the United States.


B. Culture Shift

  • New technology created national trends in culture as opposed to regional ones.

    • Nationally wear the same clothes, buy the same products

    • Kodak camera – first time cameras could be owned and operated by the average person.

    • Movie camera – new invention, people started watching movies and wanting to be like movie stars.

    • Mail order catalogs – people could buy products from stores in far away cities, allowing them to keep up with the trends.


D. Transportation Innovation

  • Wright Brothers – made the first flight in Kitty Hawk, NC on December 17, 1903

    • Captured interest of public and culture, commercial travel began in 1926

  • Henry Ford– began the use of the assembly line.

    • Mass-produced cars – the Model T

    • Had employees stay in one spot while the assembly line moves up the parts.

    • Allowed him to keep his cars cheap so many people would be able to now buy a car.


Independent Practice

  • Imagine you operate a business and want to sell more products. Create your own mail-order catalog.

  • Your catalog should include at least two products, including a picture and a 2-3 sentence description that sells the product to the customer.

  • Use the new products that we have discussed today or other innovations we have discussed previously this unit.


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