For a brief discussion of how he came to write the essay, see henry m.
This was the reason littlefield, at the time a high school teacher, developed his analysis in the first place; the correspondences between populism and the wonderful wizard of oz, he wrote, "furnish a teaching mechanism which is guaranteed to reach any level of student.
Baum gave us a delightful and unforgettable way of illustrating a number of gilded age issues, from populism and the silver movement to the gilded age presidency, from the problems of labor to the insurrection in the philippines.
The wonderful wizard of oz "mirrored perfectly the middle-ground ideology that was fundamental among those who favored reform yet opposed populism," wrote clanton.
The rise and fall of the wonderful wizard of oz as a 'parable on populism'".