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

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A study of the role of the United States in the great international expositions held in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Each chapter of the work is devoted to an exposition, including the Philadelphia Centennial of 1876; the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition (1893); the New Orleans, Atlanta and Nashville Expositions; the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, Omaha (1898); the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Saint Louis (1904); Expositions in Portland and Seattle; and the Expositions in San Franciso and San Diego.


  • Mason, Otis Tufton 1838-1908
  • Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
  • McGee, W. J. 1853-1912
  • Hrdlička, Aleš
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


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Includes Index, Notes and Bibliography. Includes photographs, many from the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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  • Archaeology
  • Smithsonian influence
  • Education
  • Exhibitions
  • Ethnology
  • National Collections

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