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.
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 1st January 1985
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.6 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Type: New edition