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  • Barrett, Laura. "From Wonderland to Wasteland: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Great Gatsby, and the New American Fairy Tale," Papers on Language and Literature, (Spring 2006) online edition
  • Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), online edition with black and white illustrations; online version from Gutenberg, without illustrations
  • Blythe, Martin. "Oz is China: A Political Fable of Chinese Dragons and White Tigers," in Sexual Fables (2006) online edition
  • Clanton, Gene. Populism: The Humane Preference in America, 1890-1900 (1991)
  • Culver, Stuart. "Growing Up in Oz." American Literary History 4 (1992) 607-28. in JSTOR
  • Culver, Stuart. "What Manikins Want: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Art of Decorating Dry Goods Windows and Interiors", Representations, 21 (1988) 97-116.
  • Dighe, Ranjit S. ed. The Historian's Wizard of Oz: Reading L. Frank Baum's Classic as a Political and Monetary Allegory (2002) excerpt and text search
  • Erisman, Fred. "L. Frank Baum and the Progressive Dilemma" in American Quarterly Vol. 20, No. 3 (Autumn, 1968), pp. 616-623. online at JSTOR
  • Flynn, Richard. "Imitation Oz: The Sequel as Commodity." The Lion and the Unicorn 20.1 (1996): 121-131.
  • Gardner, Todd. "Responses to Littlefield" (2004), online version
  • Geer, John G. and Thomas R. Rochon, "William Jennings Bryan on the Yellow Brick Road," Journal of American Culture Vol. 16 No. 4, Winter, 1993, pp. 59-64.
  • Gessel, Michael; Koupal, Nancy Tystad; and Erisman, Fred. "The Politics of Oz: a Symposium." South Dakota History 2001 31(2): 146-168. Issn: 0361-8676
  • Gilead, Sarah. "Magic Abjured: Closure in Children's Fantasy Fiction" in PMLA Vol. 106, No. 2 (Mar., 1991), pp. 277-293. in JSTOR
  • Griswold, Jerry. "There's No Place But Home: The Wizard of Oz. " The Antioch Review 45A (1987): 462-75.
  • Hansen, Bradley A. "The Fable of the Allegory: The Wizard of Oz in Economics," Journal of Economic Education (2002) online edition
  • Hearn, Michael Patrick. The Annotated Wizard of Oz. (2000, 1973), highly detailed guide to the 1900 book; ignores all political issues and metaphors, and ignores the source of the illustrations
  • Hudlin, Edward R. "The Mythology of Oz: An Interpretation." Papers on Language and Literature 25.4 (1989): 443-462.
  • Jensen, Richard. The Winning of the Midwest: Social and Political Conflict, 1888-1896 (1971), ch. 10, uses the Wizard to explain the politics of the 1890s
  • Karp, Andrew. Utopian Tension in L. Frank Baum's Oz in Utopian Studies, 1998. online edition
  • Kim, Helen M. "Strategic Credulity: Oz as Mass Cultural Parable" in Cultural Critique No. 33 (Spring, 1996), pp. 213-233. online at JSTOR
  • Leach, William. Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture (1993), pp. 248-260. excerpt and text search
  • Leach, William. "The Clown from Syracuse: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum." introduction to Leach, ed. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1991. pp 1-34.
  • Littlefield, Henry M. "The Wizard of Oz: Parable on Populism" American Quarterly Vol. 16, No. 1 (Spring, 1964), pp. 47-58; Littlefield was the first scholar to explore the allegories, though he mistakenly thought Baum supported Populismin JSTOR; another online version; another version
  • Nesbet, Anne. "In Borrowed Balloons: The Wizard of Oz and the History of Soviet Aviation" in The Slavic and East European Journal Vol. 45, No. 1 (Spring, 2001), pp. 80-95. online at JSTOR
  • Parker, David. "The Rise and Fall of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a 'Parable on Populism'" The Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians, vol. 15 (1994), pp. 49-63 online edition
  • Riley, Michael O. Oz and Beyond: The Fantasy World of L. Frank Baum. (1997) University of Kansas Press ISBN 0-7006-0832-X excerpt and text search
  • Ritter, Gretchen. Goldbugs and Greenbacks: The Anti-Monopoly Tradition and the Politics of Finance in America (1997) excerpt and text search
  • Ritter, Gretchen. "Silver slippers and a golden cap: L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and historical memory in American politics." Journal of American Studies (August 1997) vol. 31, no. 2, 171-203.
  • Rockoff, Hugh. "The 'Wizard of Oz' as a Monetary Allegory," Journal of Political Economy 98 (1990): 739-60, the source most often used by economists online at JSTOR; another online edition
  • Rogers, Katharine M. L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz: A Biography (2002) excerpt and text search
  • Sherman, Fraser A. The Wizard of Oz Catalog: L. Frank Baum's Novel, Its Sequels and Their Adaptations for Stage, Television, Movies, Radio, Music Videos, Comic Books, Commercials and More 2005)
  • Swartz, Mark Evan. Oz Before the Rainbow: L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" on Stage and Screen to 1939 (2000).
  • Quentin P. Taylor, "Money and Politics in the Land of Oz," (Dec 2004) Independent
  • Velde, Francois R. "Following the Yellow Brick Road: How the United States Adopted the Gold Standard" Economic Perspectives. Volume: 26. Issue: 2. 2002. online edition also online here
  • Von Hoffman, Nicholas. "Flimflam Land." Civilization, (Feb/Mar2000), Vol. 7, Issue 1, in EBSCO
  • Ziaukas, Tim. "100 Years of Oz: Baum's 'Wizard of Oz' as Gilded Age Public Relations" in Public Relations Quarterly, (Fall 1998) online version