by Talia & Adely Castaneda
Key to Equality
Many during the progressive movement lost their say, not only that but went broke and lost a lot. This hand represents the minority of this era such as the illiterate, the children, the women, the colored, the poor, the farmers, and the industrial workers. The chain represents the way these minority's right were driven, where some felt as though times will never change. and how they felt tied down with no rights. They were scared and were left to survive by their owns. Many problems were faced at this time, that's when hope really begun to surface. In the Wizard of Oz this represents Dorothy and her clan of friends that felt as though, they were chained and couldn't possibly do anything. But towards the end they pulled the chain and discover that it was breakable, you just needed to hear out your hopes and protect your desire by fighting for it. Dorothy was most likely inevitable, some day it was bound to happen where someone would stand up and change what they do not like. The story represents America, because Americans are always changing, that's what made us, us.
“Counting stars” by One Republic (The Crime of 73/ William Jennings Bryan)
"Lately I've been, I've been losing sleep. Dreaming about the things we could be."
William Jennings Bryan was “dreaming about the things we could be,” but his idea was too late. He tried to prevent the economic effects after the problems happened with the currency value of the u.s.a with occurring inflation's and increasing deflation's. Williams idea was intelligent, but it was far too late for the difficulties to disappear.
"I've been praying hard. Say no more counting dollars, we'll be counting stars"
Counting stars relates to THE CRIME OF ‘73 because during the crime of ‘73 the government removed the silver coins and demolished the value of the coin slowly. The ration between the amount of silver coins that equal to one pound of gold was 16 to 1 which was greater than the market price it's worth. Leaving them not to be counting money, but counting stars as this made them poorer.
This also relates to the lion in the Wizard of Oz because at first the lion didn't have any courage. The lion represents William Jennings Bryan when he couldn't hurt the tin man, and as in real, life he had lost the election and persuaded to vote for McKinley. But later found his courage when discovered his platform. Meaning he learned a lesson and changed his values.
“Hey Brother” by Avicii (Coxey’s Army)
“Hey brother, there’s an endless road to re-discover.”
As the Coxey’s Army march every little step on Washington for the poor ones left unemployed, the Coxey's Army was holding on together as they were brother and sisters to win the power of employment and the circulation of money. Letting open an endless road of opportunities.
Hey sister, do you still believe in love, I wonder?”
“Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you,”
“There’s nothing in this world I wouldn't do.”
As the Coxey's Army was trespassing from all over mid-west to the west suddenly Coxey and some of his followers were arrested for trespassing on the lawns at the Capitol “ there was nothing in this world I wouldn't do.” Meaning they would do anything to get their point across and to help the victims of the laws.
This relates to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz because during this time, Dorothy beloved so much that if they work together, then they will get to the undiscovered road. Even so, that the obstacles to her were just tiny problems. They got so close that they worked together through everything that made them feel as though they were brothers and sisters. They lead together as their own army and wouldn't stop till the end.
“In my place” by Cold Play (Income Inequality)
"Yeah, how long must you wait for it. Yeah, how long must you pay for it."
America believes that even though you may start poor, if you work hard enough, you can make tons of money and make your dreams come true. But during this revolutionary era, that was proven wrong... by huge amounts of citizens. The American theme is the land of opportunity, although for some people, that was an illusion. The wealthy citizens of the progressive era only gotten richer, while the poorer got poorer, leaving the gap between the incomes only increasing in size. Letting the poorer waiting for a solution to come.
"I was scared, I was scared. tired and under prepared. But ill wait for it."
Relates the poor children that were scared and unprepared to be forced to grow during this time period. Where most of them became illiterate and never finished their 12 years of school due to the fact that they would have to go work in the city factories or country farms working long hours with not enough days in a week to help their family back home, just to survive. These children were waiting their whole lives for their hopes and dreams to come true, for someone to come save them from what they live in, called reality.
This relates to the scarecrow in the wizard of oz because during this time the Kansas' farmers were believed to be "muddled" and gullible. At this point the farmers weren't gullible, they had just assumed wrong and trusted in their government to do the right thing and help them out. Leaving the scarecrow waiting in the fields of agony.
“Safe & Sound” by Capital Cities (Mary Ellen Lease)
“You could be my luck”
“Even in a hurricane of frowns”
Mary Ellen Lease joined the populist movement and gathered the farmers together. And to the farmers Lease was their luck even when the wealthy that had power didn't want the farmers to succeed, Lease was there to help to keep them safe & sound being their luck through these bad
"I can lift you up,"
"I can show you what you wanna see and take you where you wanna be,"
"You can be my luck,"
"Even if the sky is falling down,"
“I know that we'll be safe and sound”
Lease was the person that could help lift the farmers up give them hope to see what they truly desired, which was income equality. One famous quote Lease stated was “ If one man has not enough to eat three times a day, and another has 25 million, that last man has something that belongs to the first man.” She was one of their heroes fighting for their rights. Representing society by fighting what everyone wants.
This relates to Dorothy's clan of which consisted of the tin man, the lion and the scare crow. They had joined together to fight for what they wanted. They went through all the obstacles with some difficulties but still made it to the end of the yellow brick road, all to the persistence of Dorothy the farmer.
“I'm coming home” by Diddy (Farmers Alliance)
“I'm coming home”
“Tell the world I'm coming home”
The party and alliance were created in the majority to ensure that farmers, western farmers especially, received a voice in the U.S. government, a voice “calling home.” This also relates to Dorothy from Wizard of Oz because she represented the farmers and their wish to go back to the way it did before. All Dorothy wished was to head back home before all of this began.
“Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday”
Farmers didn't want the prices not to drop, even if they were scared about it the only thing they counted on were hopes, “wash away the pain of yesterday.”
“I know my kingdom awaits and they've forgiven my mistakes”
With the government helping the farmers they were all able to build mils of corn and flour. They were able to have their own local stores, selling the crops at low rate “I know my kingdom awaits.” They had an economic opportunity.
“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol (The Grange Movement)
"We'll do it all. Everything. On our own.We don't need anything or anyone"
Farmers were known as the backbone of America. They came together to fight for the same cause, that was, monopolistic grain transport practices. This relates to Dorothy in the beginning where she brought together the characters of her clan and believed if they came together that their wishes would come true.
"If I lay here, if I just laid here. Would you lay with me and just forget the world,"
Relates to the fact, that farmers all over made tiny "granges" where they unit and make the grange movement. The Illinois farmers were successful when they got the chance to persuade their state legislature to pass along a bill that limits the rates that are able to be charged for railroads and grain-storage facilities could charge in in 1871.
"Forgot what we are told, before we are too old."
At first, they were secret organizations that spread wherever they could. The wealthy thought they were fools. For the farmers didn't have power with money, but they yet learn that power can come with numbers as well. So as this "granges" begin to grow, so does their chance of success. They want change now, and won't wait for it.
“Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato (Crop Price Deflation)
“You can take everything I have”
“You can break everything I am”
This relates to crop price deflation's around the 1880's, because the prices for the farmers crops lowered, and faced very high interest rates.Concluding the fact that the farmers didn't have much, the farmers would then have to grow 2 or 3 times more crops to recover their lost, but as they grew, overproduction lowered prices.
“Go on and try to tear me down”
“I will be rising from the ground”
Dorothy was the person who felt this way, for she was the one to be thought she was a fool to make it to the Emerald City. but she had made it and went home using the power of her silver slippers, and proved everyone wrong.
“Dead in the water” by Ellie Goulding (Panic of 1873)
“If I was not myself, and you were someone else,"
"I'll say so much to you,"
"And I would tell the truth,"
"Because I can hardly breath and your hands let go of me,”
“The ice is thinning out”
The first global depression was the Panic Act of 1873. Keeping in mind, money was related to the money supply acts like oxygen for a fire. Not enough, then flame dwindles and becomes weary. Too much, and it gets out of control and grows too big to handle. In today's market, there is currency and stock regulation to try to limit the rapid swings in value of our nation believe-ency.
This represents the silver slippers that Dorothy wore. During this era, silver meant a lot to the economy and came with a lot of damaging effects that the government is still trying to fix. This also shows how Dorothy and her clan felt when the government paid no attention to them. They felt like they were drowning in their own worries.
“Billionaire,” by Travie McCoy (Green Back Party)
“And yeah I'll be in a whole new tax racket”
As the Green Back Party expand the currency of money, the federal government printed out over $365 million paper greenbacks that primarily paid the military procurement, soldier salaries, building railroads, financial institutions, and more as the song is quoted “I want to be a Billionaire.” With having all this money it was able to fix anything and pay back so simple and easy to pay for every service.
“We in recession but let me take a crack at it”
“I'll probably take whatever's left and just split it up”
“So everybody that I love can have a couple bucks”
The Green Back Party made sure everything from local to federal service was working good. In fact, These cheerful market assumptions also made it easy for corrupt politicians and their local benefactors to artificially inflate the value of their particular interests. This relates to Dorothy because she just wanted to go back home and help her friends get what they wanted as well. Even though it didn't seem as though it happen.
Although a lot of quandaries came up in this progressive era, it helped America be how it is today. Dorthy was and is inevitable, she represents change for everyone everywhere. Times were hard but they still made it, she had left Kansas for a reason. That reason was for change. With that said we will keep progressing for times are changing, and we are moving with it.