The Original Inspiration for the Wizard of Oz Film, U.S. Politician William Jennings Bryan’s Idea to Create Artificial Economic Inflation to Help the Impoverished, and the Symbolism of the Yellow Brick Road, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow

The Wizard of Oz was written to be a satirical book which was then turned into a movie, about the Gold and Silver standard. During the turn of the century in 1896, America was going though tough economic turbulence which is why William Jennings Bryan came up with the idea to double the value of silver which would help the working class pay off their debts. Essentially Bryan wanted to artificially create inflation which he believed would boost the economy out of its turmoil. The yellow brick road...

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