First published OTD in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz. Together with her companions the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion whom she meets on the way, Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure.

The Wizard of Oz

Baum did not offer any conclusive proof that he intended his novel to be a political allegory. Historian Ranjit S. Dighe wrote that for 60 years after the book’s publication, “virtually nobody” had such an interpretation until Henry Littlefield, a high-school teacher. In his 1964 American Quarterly article, “The Wizard of Oz: Parable on Populism”, Littlefield posited that the book contained an allegory of the late 19th-century bimetallism debate regarding monetary policy.

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