"Within the Populists"

Silver and gold were great factors in the 1890s. With inflation occurring, silver's worth declined, making gold more valuable. My title "within the populists" helps explain how the populist set the "free silver" policy supported by the silverites. The Silverites promoted bimetallism (left side of picture) which brought gold into the currency making silver 16 to 1 gold. In the Wizard of Oz the yellow road represents the gold standard and Dorothy's slippers represents the silverites.


  1. "Living on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi (Farmers Alliance): The song "living on a prayer" relates to the "Farmers Alliance" because farmers were the main ones going through the most amount of difficulties. In living on a prayer Bon Jovi uses the lyrics of "we've got each other" which reminds me of the loyalty and union the farmers had to have with each other in order to "make it". In the song Gina, (which symbolizes Dorothy) "works at the dinner for her man, bringing home her pay" as an innocent American. The reason Gina was working for her man was probably because he was a part of the farmers alliance and was retaliating at the time so Gina was the only source of income.
  2. "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor (William Jennings Bryan): The song "eye of the tiger" relates to William Jennings Bryan because Bryan was the leader and foremost spokesman for silver and "cheap money" and he was determined on becoming president. In the Wizard of Oz, the cowardly lion symbolizes Bryan because they started off as being scared but ended up being brave and daring. The lyrics "took my time, took my chances" represents the ongoing bravery of Bryan as he failed plenty of times to get the policy through but every time he failed Bryan "had the guts" to try again.
  3. "Home" by Michael Buble (Coxey's army): The song "home" relates to the Coxey's army because from my understanding the soldiers were far away from home and of course they had to leave their loved ones behind which connects to the lyrics "I know just why you could not come along with me" and as time went by the soldiers were probably getting more anxious on returning back home "And I’m surrounded by a million people I still feel alone, let me go home, oh, I miss you, you know, let me go home." In the wizard of Oz, Dorothy wanted to go back home badly and although she was accompanied by the tin man, the cowardly lion, etc. she still felt like she wasn't in her place.
  4. "Royals" by Lorde (Dollar of Our Daddies): The song "Royals" relates to the term dollar of our daddies because although the coin collectors knew they weren't going to make anything out of the coins, they still gave it a shot in case there would be a turn. The coin collectors knew that "they will never be royals, it doesn't run in their blood" but yet they wanted to "live the fantasy" of maybe some day the coins would become more valuable. In the wizard of Oz, the wicked witch wanted Dorothy's silver shoes (relates to the silver coins) but she knew she couldn't get them.
  5. "Take me to the King" by Tamela Mann (In God we trusted, in Kansas we busted): The song "take me to the king" relates to in God we trusted, in Kansas we busted because the farmers were strongly relying on god to give them the "strength" and direction to keep moving forward since they were "weak, no strength to fly, no tears to cry." The farmers were pretty much "desperate" and didn't "have much to bring" with them.

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