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All the World's a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions, 1876-1916

 
 
 
 
All the World's a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions, 1876-1916
Author: Robert W. Rydell
ISBN 13: 9780226732404
ISBN 10: 226732401
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1987-10-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 338
List Price: $30.00
 
 

Robert W. Rydell contends that America's early world's fairs actually served to legitimate racial exploitation at home and the creation of an empire abroad. He looks in particular to the "ethnological" displays of nonwhites—set up by showmen but endorsed by prominent anthropologists—which lent scientific credibility to popular racial attitudes and helped build public support for domestic and foreign policies. Rydell's lively and thought-provoking study draws on archival records, newspaper and magazine articles, guidebooks, popular novels, and oral histories.