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

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Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 288 pages
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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, 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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User Review  - Susan Sevcik - Goodreads

I am somewhat enamored by the World's Fair in 1893. I liked the book, and enjoyed the information in it. A bit dry, but full of information about the exhibits and companies that made the fair great. I liked that part, but it ended up being a lot of "listing". Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

I am somewhat enamored by the World's Fair in 1893. I liked the book, and enjoyed the information in it. A bit dry, but full of information about the exhibits and companies that made the fair great. I liked that part, but it ended up being a lot of "listing". Read full review

Contents

Foreword
vi
From Christopher Columbus to Chicago
24
From Village to Metropolis
45
The Worlds Columbian Exposition
63
Administration and Government
81
Agricultural Building
108
Electrical Building
128
Transportation Building
179
Machinery Hall
192
Freestanding Pavilions
216
Exhibiting Nations
232
Fin de Siecle and Beyond
263
Acknowledgments
280
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About the author (2008)

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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