Presidential Fever
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Presidential Fever

Was The Wizard of Oz influenced by the 1896 presidential election?

Some believe it’s an allegory about the politics of the time

Wizard of Oz poster from 1939. (Public domain photo via Wikimedia Commons.)

You’ve seen the The Wizard of Oz movie, no doubt. And chances are you’ve also seen the Broadway play Wicked. But did you know the writing of the The Wizard of Oz might actually have been an allegory about the politics of the 1896 presidential election? Seems impossible, doesn’t it? But if…

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Bob Riel

Bob Riel

Author of “Quest for the Presidency,” a history of U.S. presidential campaigns. Fan of history, politics, travel, books, coffee, and the Red Sox.