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Whose Fair?: Experience, Memory, and the History of the Great St. Louis Exposition

James Gilbert


The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair was a major event in early twentieth-century America. Attracting millions of tourists, it exemplified the Victorian predilection for public spectacle. The Fair has long served as a touchstone for historians interested in American culture prior to World War I, and has endured in the memories of generations of St. Louis residents and visitors. This book examines what we can learn about the lived experience of fairgoers when we compare historical accounts, individual and collective memories, and artifacts from the event. Exploring these differing, at times competin ... More

Keywords: St. Louis, 1904 World's Fair, American culture, fairgoers, David Francis, experience, memory, exposition, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226293103
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226293127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Gilbert, author