America at the Fair: Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

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At the time of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the United States was fast becoming the world's leading economy. Chicago, the host city, had grown in less than half a century from a village to the country's second-largest metropolis. During this, the Gilded Age, the world's most extensive railroad and steamship networks poured ceaselessly through Chicago, carrying the raw goods and finished products of America's great age of invention and industrial expansion. The Fair was the largest ever at the time, ...
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Overview


At the time of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the United States was fast becoming the world's leading economy. Chicago, the host city, had grown in less than half a century from a village to the country's second-largest metropolis. During this, the Gilded Age, the world's most extensive railroad and steamship networks poured ceaselessly through Chicago, carrying the raw goods and finished products of America's great age of invention and industrial expansion. The Fair was the largest ever at the time, with 65,000 exhibitors and millions of visitors. It has been called the "Blueprint of the American Future" and marked the beginning of the national economy and consumer culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738525211
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 496,075
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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Chaim M. Rosenberg is the author of The Great Workshop: Boston's Victorian Age, and Goods for Sale: Products and Advertising in the Massachusetts Industrial Age. His collection of colorful trade cards and catalogs from the Fair form the heart of America at the Fair.
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Table of Contents

Foreword     vi
Introduction     viii
Eighteen Ninety-Three     13
From Christopher Columbus to Chicago     24
From Village to Metropolis     45
The World's Columbian Exposition     63
Administration and Government     81
Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building     87
Agricultural Building     108
Electrical Building     128
Transportation Building     179
Machinery Hall     192
Mining, Fisheries, Horticulture, Shoes, Livestock, and Forestry     202
Freestanding Pavilions     216
Exhibiting Nations     232
Lofty Thoughts and Low Down Fun     244
Fin de Siecle and Beyond     260
Acknowledgments     280
References     282
Index     286
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