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Unformatted text preview: VOICES OF PROTEST AND THE 1890s: VOICES OF PROTEST AND THE 1890s: FARMERS, WORKERS AND THE WIZARD OF OZ FARMERS, WORKERS AND THE WIZARD OF OZ LECTURE OUTLINE LECTURE OUTLINE 1. Why—and how—did groups of farmers and workers challenge the rise of Big Business in the Gilded Age? 2. What was the significance of the election of 1896? 3. Why does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz matter? FARMERS FARMERS 1. Farmers benefited from but also were hurt by the new economy. Their principal problems were declining crop prices and rising costs. 2. In the late-1880s through the mid-1890s, droughts combined with a steady drop in prices to further destabilize the agricultural economy.- Most of the farms were mortgaged*.- Most of the farmers faced bankruptcy because they couldn’t make money off of their land/crops.- They were mad because they couldn’t fill the image of an actual farmer.- The yeomen farmer felt increasingly embattled. 3. Farmers’ fears were real. An increasing proportion of farms were mortgaged*, tenant- operated, or sharecropped.operated, or sharecropped....
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