9/16

Falcon notes. Cwod's class.

*NOTE: These notes are not guaranteed to be of quality, or accurate. These notes are an ever-changing work-in-progress contributed to by many*

ASSIGNMENTS FOR 9/19:
1. Watch Cross of Gold Speech (4 min)
2. Revise Oz
3. Read Palin the Populist (5 min)
4. Research Ludlow Massacre. Research one more Labor uprising. (10 minutes) Chicago Hay market riots are a possible option

  • Minnesota is the only state in the US without a Democratic Party.
    • Democratic Farmer and Labor party. DFL is what we have instead.
  • Girls coming in on Friday to talk about Youth and Government, which might be added back to the curriculum.
  • Bring powerpoints to class. First powerpoint lecture is on Friday. This is recommended to get an A
  • Exam in 3 days
    • 75 points
    • Will probably be the only test in grade-book at conference time
  • QUOTE OF THE DAY: Lauren Hadlund gives Mr. Whipkey's quote: "We need the silence to make the music."
    • Cwod commented: I've always said that the discussion of issues is the music of democracy, but now and then we forget that silence is also necessary. We need to reflect.
  • Letter (read by Sarah)
    • Sent by a former student.
    • Now in college.
    • Mentions that in her Theory and Practice of American Democracy class that they discussed the symbolism of the Wizard of Oz
    • Cwod reiterates the message that this is a college-level course.
  • List of movies
    • Wizard of Oz is #6
    • Citizen Kane is #1
      • Cwod hates it when those who don't belong in the Block make negative comments about the movie. "The movie doesn't suck, you do!"
    • Schindler's List
      • We watch the 20 minute long "liquidation of the ghetto" scene.
  • Labor and Farmer movement
  • Gilded Age
    • Rich got rich and the poor got poor
    • 1865-1880
    • We've been going through a second gilded age for the last 15 years.
      • Claims this to be the reason for the economy's collapse.
    • Not what Democracy is about. It is about a stable middle-class.
  • Democratic Balancing act: EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. ON EVERY EXAM
    • Political
      • Leftmost: Anarchy
        • No rules
      • Rightmost: Tyranny
        • Rules for everything
    • Economical
      • Leftmost:Marxism
        • From each according to their abilities to each according to their needs.
      • Rightmost:Social Darwinism
        • Survival of the Fittest.
        • No one here is a Social Darwinist.
  • Communism:
    • Hope: Political: LEFT Economical: LEFT
    • Reality: Political: RIGHT Economical: LEFT
    • Illustrated by Lord of the Flies.
    • Has not yet worked.
  • Populist Party
    • Asked the question: "What is the role of government?"
    • Progressive era changes everything. NOT ON TEST. Chapter 21.
  • Robber Barons/Titans of Industry.
    • Democrats call them Robber Barons
    • Republicans call them Titans of Industry.
    • No matter what you call them. It's the same.
  • Wizard of Oz
    • Point of the assignment is to think about it.
    • Tin Woodsman is Jurgis… Labor
      • Working class
    • Scarecrow is Tom Joad.. Farmers
    • Emerald City is Washington DC
      • "Laugh away the day"
      • Green for money
      • Horse of a different color: Immigrants who do all the work.
    • Toto is the embodiment of abstinence of alcohol. "Tea Totaler"
      • Toto also represents prohibition
      • Wicked Witch of the West tries to take Toto to entice her to drink.
        • She wants her to drink to forget about her problems, and become subordinate.
      • It is Toto, the image of sobriety, who reveals the Wizard for what he is. A man.
    • Balloon says "Omaha State Fair"
      • No such state as Omaha, clearly.
      • It is because Omaha, Nebraska is where William Jennings Brian was born
    • Auntie Em.
      • The Em is for Marx.
      • She wants the world to unite and change.
    • Munchkins
      • Children who are forced to work.
      • Songs "Lollipop Guild" and "Lullaby League" represent what the children want
    • Wicked Witch of the East
      • Imprisoned the children and puts them to work.
    • Cyclone is the symbol of revolution, destroys the Wicked Witch of the East, freeing the children.
    • "Dorothy", "Scarecrow", "Tin man" all go to church on Sunday and they hear put up with M-Sat, but you'll get into heaven
      • "Religion is the opiate of the masses" Said by Karl Marx
    • Wicked Witch of the West
      • Puts the group to sleep in field of poppies. Saved by Glinda(God)
        • Viewpoints: Marx vs Baum: No God vs God
      • Can be killed by water. Symbolically: Gods' floods.
      • Spell on woodsman represents the "system"
    • Lion is William Jennings Brian
      • Frank Baum thought WJB lacked the courage to unite everyman, workers and farmers
    • Dorothy is every man
      • DOR O THY = THY O DOR (Theodore Roosevelt)
    • Oil can
      • Could be religion. The tin man's opiate.
      • Could also be alcohol. Has a similar result.
      • Overall, it represents a coping mechanism. It allows him to live, to speak.
    • Frank Baum wrote the book from 1880-1900
    • Flying monkeys are Native Americans
    • Soldiers?
      • JOKE: Oh-ee-oh is product placement for OR-E-O ;)
    • About the Populist era
    • Wizard is the "machine"
    • Debate about the gold and silver standard is about ounces (Oz)
    • 2009 application: Cwod agrees with Oz as an allegory for the Gay Rights Movement
    • 2009 application: Annika says that Tin Man wants the heart(health care) Scarecrow(educations)
  • William Jennings Brian, Cross of Gold, Election of 1896
    • Came in 2nd place 3 times for president. Only person ever to do it.
    • Republican and Democratic parties reversed roles in one election
      • Not discussed in detail until Chapter 22
    • Crown of Thorns speech written by WJB
      • Final quote: "You shall not press down, you filthy stinkin' rich people shall not press down upon the brow of every man, farmers, laborers this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind!"
    • Loses to McKinley 52%/46%
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