American Studies 2001: Introduction to American Studies

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Unit II: World's Fairs

Key Concepts: Progress, Citizenship, Race, Science, Empire, Civilization, Frontier

Monday, September 11

Topic: World’s Fairs: Arguments for Progress

Assignment:  Leo Marx, “The Machine” (1964) from The Machine in the Garden

Wednesday, September 13

Topic: The White City: Anthropologies and Citizenship

Assignment:  The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893) TRANSCRIPT and ORIGINAL DOCUMENT; cartoons from Puck, "Grand Finale" and "Darkey Day"; DuBois photographs for Paris Exposition (linked at Library of Congress:

Monday, September 18

Topic: America and the World at the Fairs

Assignment:  John H. Barrows, “The Religious Possibilities of the World’s Fair” (1892); Swami Vivekananda, “Hinduism” (1893); Anagarika Dharmapala, “The World’s Debt to Buddha” (1893)

Wednesday, September 20

Topic:  Yesterday’s Tomorrows: The Utopianism of 20th-Century Fairs

Assignment:  W. Ward Jandl, “The House of Tomorrow” (1991) from Yesterday’s Houses of Tomorrow; Isaac Asimov, "Visit to the World's Fair of 2014" (1964); photographs of 20th-century fairs