The 1933 Chicago World's Fair

The 1933 Chicago World's Fair

A Century of Progress

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Chicago's 1933 world's fair set a new direction for international expositions. Earlier fairs had exhibited technological advances, but Chicago's fair organizers used the very idea of progress to buoy national optimism during the Depression's darkest years. Orchestrated by business leaders and engineers, almost all former military men, the fair reflected a business-military-engineering model that envisioned a promising future through science and technology's application to everyday life.

But not everyone at Chicago's 1933 exposition had abandoned notions of progress that entailed social justice and equality, recognition of ethnicity and gender, and personal freedom and expression. The fair's motto, "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms," was challenged by iconoclasts such as Sally Rand, whose provocative fan dance became a persistent symbol of the fair, as well as a handful of other exceptional individuals, including African Americans, ethnic populations and foreign nationals, groups of working women, and even well-heeled socialites. Cheryl R. Ganz offers the stories of fair planners and participants who showcased education, industry, and entertainment to sell optimism during the depths of the Great Depression. This engaging history also features eighty-six photographs--nearly half of which are full color--of key locations, exhibits, and people, as well as authentic ticket stubs, postcards, pamphlets, posters, and other it


From fan dancers to fan belts--the compelling, untold stories of Chicago's 1933 world fair


Baker & Taylor
Offers the stories of fair planners and participants who showcased education, industry, and entertainment to sell optimism during the Great Depression, in a history of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.

Book News
Ganz (chief curator of philately, Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Washington D.C.) presents this historical account of the planning, execution, controversy, and legacy of Chicago's second world's fair in 1933. While the exhibition's organizers emphasized progress through technological innovation and consumerism to the exclusion of a great many ethnic, cultural, and artistic groups some of those minorities--e.g. working women and African Americans--found ways to participate and shape the fair. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Chicago's 1933 world's fair set a new direction for international expositions. Earlier fairs had exhibited technological advances, but Chicago's fair organizers used the very idea of progress to buoy national optimism during the Depression's darkest years. Fair organizers, together with corporate leaders, believed that progress rides on the tide of technological innovation and consumerism.
But not all those who struggled for a voice at Chicago's 1933 exposition had abandoned the traditional notions of progress that entailed social justice and equality, recognition of ethnic and gender-related accomplishments, and personal freedom and expression.
In this engaging social and cultural history, Cheryl R. Ganz examines Chicago's second world's fair through the lenses of technology, ethnicity, and gender.

Baker
& Taylor

The author offers the stories of fair planners and participants who showcased education, industry, and entertainment to sell optimism during the Great Depression, in an engaging history of the 1933 Chicago world's fair that also features more than eighty period photographs and ephemera.

Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780252033575
0252033574
Branch Call Number: 977.311 G159n
Characteristics: xi, 206 p., [46] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 26 cm

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