The Wizard of Oz

  • Fourth Coinage Act signed into Law

    Fourth Coinage Act signed into Law
    demonitized silver and set up the gold standard Not many believed that the silver standard was the answer, and like Dorothy, followed the yellow brick road of the gold standard, which was full of peril and danger to all four friends.
  • Bland Alison Act signed

    encouraged and legalized both silver and gold currency
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    Drought in Plains States

    The country was being plagued with destructive weather. The Wizard orders them to kill the witch and Dorothy kills her by dumping water on her. In 1890, a huge drought ended in the West.
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated

    Statue of Liberty dedicated
  • Census taken

    population 62,979,766 44 states in the Union
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    Depression

    Farmers could not compete with rising prices in the 1870s. They formed an alliance and eventually a political party called the Populists, or the People’s Party. Baum wanted people to know that farmers were smart enough to see what was good for them, hence his character of the scarecrow was formed. The Tin Man was rusted solid. So many factories had closed in 1893.
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    Coxey's March on Washington

    In 1893 Jacob Coxey and followers made a march on the capital to convince the government to put money back into circulation and create more jobs.
  • Kansas tornadoes

    Kansas tornadoes
    18-35 fatalities
  • Sherman Texas Tornado

    Sherman Texas Tornado
    85 fatalities, 260 injured
  • Cross of Gold Speech

    Cross of Gold Speech
    No, my friends, that will never be the verdict of our people. Therefore, we care not upon what lines the battle is fought. If they say bimetallism is good, but that we cannot have it until other nations help us, we reply that, instead of having a gold standard because England has, we will restore bimetallism, and then let England have bimetallism because the United States has it. If they dare to come out in the open field and defend the gold standard as a good thing, we will fight them to the ut
  • McKinley defeats Bryan

    McKinley defeats Bryan
    William Jennings Bryan did not carry the vote of industrial labor and lost the presidential election in 1896. The Cowardly Lion represents Bryan's futile attempt to be the "king" In the book, he hit the Tin Man and did not dent him.
  • McKinley inauguration

    McKinley inauguration
    The Wizard, or the President, was held in high regard and gave everyone the illusion that he was the answer and solution to all problems plaguing the land. This is why the four friends were traveling to him. Not many believed that the silver standard was the answer, and like Dorothy, followed the yellow brick road of the gold standard, which was full of peril and danger to all four friends. from his address:
    "The best way for the Government to maintain its credit is to pay as it goes"
  • Wonderful Wizard of Oz published

    Wonderful Wizard of Oz published
    "Your house did, anyway," replied the little old woman, with a laugh; "and that is the same thing. See!" she continued, pointing to the corner of the house; "there are her two toes, still sticking out from under a block of wood." Dorothy looked, and gave a little cry of fright. There, indeed, just under the corner of the great beam the house rested on, two feet were sticking out, shod in silver shoes with pointed toes. "Oh, dear! oh, dear!" cried Dorothy, clasping her hands together in dismay;
  • Finale

    Once she finally learns of the shoes power, she is able to return home, but they are lost in transit. The Populist party faded after 1896, and the silver issue faded as well until both disappeared in 1908.
  • Scopes found guilty

    Scopes found guilty
    Bryan prosecuted the case against Scopes, who was on trial for teaching evolution in a high school. Bryan, although he lost the election for president three times, finally got up enough courage to win this victory against Clarence Darrow and his client.
  • Movie Release

    Movie Release
    In the movie, they are ruby slippers. In the book they were silver. Populists thought that silver and the free coinage of it, would be the magical power to solve the problem facing farmers.