|L. Frank Baum|
The United States and Great Britain were undergoing a severe depression in the 1890's and very similar to what we are experiencing now. "The Wizard of Oz" was a metaphor for all that Baum saw as unfair in the United States at the time. The Scarecrow (for example) represented the farmers who were not "thinking" how to outwit the bankers from taking over their farms, the TinMan represented the industrialists who "had no heart" and the Cowardly Lion was embodying the politicians (Bryan himself actually) who were afraid to stand up to the "Wicked Witch" (the controlling bankers). Bryan was the "Cowardly Lion" and was referred to as that. Dorothy wore "silver slippers" to go on her journey to the Emerald City. (They were changed to ruby slippers in the movie because the siler slippers did not show up well in technicolor.) Dorothy motivates all three characters to travel with her to The "Emerald City" the city of the colour of money. Dorothy wears her silver slippers on the "yellow (gold) brick road". There is a lot more to the symbolism of this tale, and still incredibly pertinent to today, perhaps even more so. This award-winning documentary shows how governments that issue their own money (without a debt system) flourish and when money is issued through central banks, they slip into depression. Because gold was so easily manipulated by the banks, and silver was plentiful and not controlled by the banks, the latter was clearly the exchange of choice for the populists.
|William Jennings Bryan Campaigning|