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The Oz in Oz The late 19th century was a time of drastic internal improvements in the United States During this Gilded Age The Democratic platform and the silver standard captivated Baum Baum supported William Jennings Bryan the Democratic candidate for President in 1896 Jennings Bryan however lost the election Baum an already accomplished childrens author then wrote The Wizard of Oz as an allegory of the Populists failed efforts to reform the nation in 1896 The Wizard of Oz is a book with fantasy characters for children but it also reflects the failed Populist reform Born in Chittenango New York on 15 May 1856 Baum was born into a middle class family In 1868 he went to the Peekskill Military Academy but left quickly In 1897 he published Mother Goose in Prose which was his first collection of fairy tales Two years later in 1899 he published Father Goose in Prose Baum Frank In 1900 he published his best-known work The Wizard of Oz Wang Baum also published several other books under pseudonyms however none brought in the support like the many other Oz related books he wrote Rahn X Sixty-four years after Baums original publication of The Wizard of Oz Henry M Littlefield and his high school students formulated the theory that The Wizard of Oz from here on WOZ was actually a political allegory and eighty years later WOZ started to be taught as a political allegory Wang Why did sixty-four years pass from the original date of publication before someone formulated a theory that WOZ was a political allegory Further still why did eighty years pass from the original date of publication before the general public accepted this theory and began teaching it in schools It took this amount of time because Baum first wrote the book for children and secondly as a political allegory Baum 26 As the original theorist Littlefield wrote in his article The Wizard
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