Unit 5 The Progressive Era
The Wizard of Oz and The Progressive Era Toto the Dog: He brings happiness to Dorothy, he is the one who exposes the Wizard at the end of the movie.
The Ruby Red Slippers/Shoes: In the original book the slippers are silver. The idea of “free silver” was to help the farmers in the Midwest because it would cause inflation or prices to go up so that the farmers could pay off their debt. Yellow Brick Road: The gold standard
Dorothy Gale: Dorothy and her group are seen as Coxey’s Army. The Scarecrow: the mid-western farmer, general public looked at the farmer as not being smart but it does take a lot of knowledge to run a farm. The Cowardly Lion: William Jennings Bryan, 3 time presidential candidate for the populist party, great speaker, promoted the silver standard. The Tin man: The dehumanization of the American worker because of the assembly line. Mechanical
William Jennings Bryan • Ran for President 3 times, lost 3 times. • Populist • Free silver
The Wicked Witch of the West • Mother nature • Bad weather • Winds • Lack of rain • Flying monkeys • poppies • The Wicked Witch of the East • bankers or financiers • The industrial businesses
The Wizard, Professor Marvel, doorman and coach driver. • Characterized any one of the Presidents during this time period • Being everything to everybody • Grant to McKinley • From the Midwest