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Final: 2012 Chicago History Author Series

This is the updated author list and sponsors for the Third Annual Chicago History Author Series!


Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

With Zeitoun finished and out of the way I can begin to focus on other great reads. Although Zeitoun was a great book that was informative and inspiring in a way that showed the fall of a major city and how after a great disaster, such as Katrina, can turn the inhabitants back to an animalistic state. The book left me asking myself, “What would I do if that happened to Chicago?” and “How is New Orleans rebuilding for their future?”   

After watching Chicago Tonight talk about the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai and how the 21st century belongs to China I was inspired to read more about the 1893 World Fair. After the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition the nation’s and world’s population attempted to live up to the so called “American Dream” and on Chicago Tonight they suggested that with the fair in Shanghai the torch will be passed to China and the “Chinese Dream.”

With that said let’s not forget about the American Dream. In the book, America at the Fair: Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition by Chaim M. Rosenberg the reader sees much more than the fair, but the entire history of the United States at this time. After only the first chapter the reader is introduced to key people who would influence not only the fair but nationwide industries whose legacies are still here today. The foreword is written by Russell Lewis who is the Executive Vice President and Chief Historian at the Chicago History Museum.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Fair as well as Chicago, American and world history.

America at the Fair: Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition is published by Arcadia Publishing.

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