The Wizard of Oz Decoded

Author Warned Us About The Rothschild Banking Cabal

L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum
Author of The Wizard of Oz
Dorothy’s Slippers Were Originally Silver to Follow The Gold Brick Road


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of America’s favorite pieces of juvenile literature. Children like it because it is a good story, full of fun characters and exciting adventures.

Adults–especially those of us in history and related fields–like it because we can read between L. Frank Baum’s lines and see various images of the United States at the turn of the century.




That has been true since 1964, when American Quarterly published Henry M. Littlefield’s “The Wizard of Oz: Parable on Populism.”

Littlefield described all sorts of hidden meanings and allusions to Gilded Age society in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:

  1. The wicked Witch of the East represented eastern industrialists and bankers who controlled the people (the Munchkins).
  2. The Scarecrow was the wise but naive western farmer.
  3. The Tin Woodman stood for the dehumanized industrial worker.
  4. The Cowardly Lion was William Jennings Bryan, Populist presidential candidate in 1896.
  5. The Yellow Brick Road, with all its dangers, was the gold standard.
  6. Dorothy’s silver slippers (Judy Garland’s were ruby-red, but Baum originally made them silver) represented the Populists’ solution to the nation’s economic woes (“the free and unlimited coinage of silver”).
  7. Emerald City was Washington, D.C. !
  8. The Wizard, “a little bumbling old man, hiding behind a facade of paper mache and noise, . . . able to be everything to everybody,” was any of the Gilded Age presidents taking orders from Rothschild.

[From “The Rise and Fall of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a ‘Parable on Populism,” David B. Parker in Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians, vol. 15 (1994), pp. 49-63.]

Reference: Concordia University


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