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Robert Rydell, All the World’s a Fair (1984)
Pithy two-sentence summary:
World’s Fairs and expositions, particularly their ethnological and anthropological exhibits, charted a course of American imperialism using racial science and wedding that “science” to notions of cultural “progress.” “Progress,” in turn, was measured by U.S. standards of industrial and technological development, and was glorified as a utopian ideal through the fairs themselves.
Pithy summary of my reading habits:
I only had to read three chapters. I will eventually go back and read the rest. I found a tidbit buried in here that I think is going to wind up being crucial to my dissertation, though, so YAY.