“The Pursuit of the Silver Standard”
The “Silver Standard” was a monetary system that the Populist wanted in place instead of the then current “Gold Standard”, where the money in the economy would be backed up with silver instead of gold. The Populists believed that silver had a lot of economic potential and would lead our country to its desired prosperity, much like in the “Wizard of Oz” where the yellow brick road, which represented gold, kept Dorothy distracted, when the one thing that could give her what she wanted (a way home) was with her the whole time (her silver slippers) and was easy to acquire and use, much like silver.
“Inflation Blues” by B.B. King (inflation): This song is relevant to inflation because King complains about how he has to work and he can only pay for food and shelter. He also addresses that the value of the dollar is decreasing. This is exactly what is happening with the farmers and the common men in the early 1900's. The men, women, and children are working long and hard, to get little money. The inflation is causing the little money to be even less of a value. The money that the people have is barely enough to keep the people living. This relates to the Wizard of Oz because the gang works to see the Wizard of Oz, but they do not get exactly what they want.
“Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer (Populist Party Platform): This song is relevant to the Populist Party Platform because the song is about a group of people who are not special in any way, but they want their ideas and thoughts to be accounted for. This is like the farmers in the Populist Party. They wanted to see a change in the way they were treated and paid, so they created a platform and they made their positions and ideas apparent by creating their platform. The Populists wanted better wages and better working conditions, so they created an alliance and then discussed their ideas and input on several problems.The group in Wizard of Oz had their own personal problems, so they went to the Wizard of Oz (Middlemen) to get help to only be turned down.
“Silver and Gold” by Dolly Parton (Gold Standard Act) This song relates to the Gold Standard Act because Dolly Parton sings about only a certain thing being able to buy everything in life and the Gold Standard Act was when President McKinley made it so that only gold can be redeemed for paper money. This also relates to the movie because Dorothy wanted to feel home and she thought the only way to get home was to ask the Wizard of Oz for a way to get home. But in reality, Dorothy’s experiences and hardships had brought her home.
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey (Granger Movement) This song is about the Granger Movement because the people in the song were strangers and they came together to make a difference and to see a change. The farmers that were involved in the Granger Movement came together and fought against monopolistic grain transport practices. This relates to the movie, the Wizard of Oz because Dorothy and her friends were against the Wicked Witch of the West and they came together to defeat her and find hope. The situations between the farmers and the cast of the Wizard of Oz are similar.
“Billionaire” by Bruno Mars (Middlemen) This song has to do with middlemen because the song is about wanting to be rich and famous. The middlemen were one of the groups of people that cheated the farmers and consumers and gained more and more money by putting high protective tariffs on products. After doing this, the monopolists and the middlemen became rich, just how they wanted to. This relates to the Wizard of Oz because in order to get to the Wizard, Dorothy had to get chased by monkeys (middlemen) and the Wicked Witch of the West (monopolists.)