World's Fairs in the United States
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Setting more than 30 world’s fairs from 1853 to 1984 in their historical context, the authors show that the expositions reflected and influenced not only the ideals but also the cultural tensions of their times. As mainstays rather than mere ornaments of American life, world’s fairs created national support for such issues as the social reunification of North and South after the Civil War, U.S. imperial expansion at the turn of the 20th-century, consumer optimism during the Great Depression, and the essential unity of humankind in a nuclear age.
Praise For Fair America: World's Fairs in the United States…
Smithsonian Books, 9781560983842, 176pp.
Publication Date: March 17, 2000
About the Author
John E. Findling is a professor of history at Indiana University Southeast and the author of Chicago's Great World's Fairs (1994).
Kimberly D. Pelle is an admissions counselor at Indiana University Southeast and coeditor, with John E. Findling, of Historical Dictionary of World's Fairs and Expositions (1990).