Assignment: populism and the wizard of oz


Silver Coinage as the Silver Shoes



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Silver Coinage as the Silver Shoes...

"'The Witch of the East was proud of those silver shoes,' said one of the Munchkins; 'and there is some charm connected with them; but what it is we never knew.'"

"At that moment Dorothy saw lying on the table the silver shoes that had belonged to the Witch of the East. 'I wonder if they will fit me,' she said to Toto. 'They would be just the thing to take a long walk in, for they could not wear out.'"

Supporters of the silver movement argued that it had the elasticity and abundance to last for a long time. Dorothy likewise felt the silver shoes to "be just the thing to take a long walk in, for they could not wear out." Additionally, the Wicked Witch of the East was proud of the silver shoes because "there is some charm connected with them." The banker bosses during that time had the power to control money but the addition of silver to the gold standard would dampen their ability to hold power by money. This would be the answer to poor Dorothy’s problems. In the years leading to the Free Silver Election, the farmers had been decimated by drought, robbed by the railroads, and hurt by the banks. After growing tired of this, the farmers retaliated, in the form of governmental programs, legislation, and the election of persons sympathetic to their plight into important offices.





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