All the World Is Here

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-02-01
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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"This entrancing book looks at [the clash of class and caste within the black community].... An important reexamination of African American history." -- ChoiceThe 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago showed the world that America had come of age. Dreaming that they could participate fully as citizens, African Americans flocked to the fair by the thousands. "All the World Is Here!" examines why they came and the ways in which they took part in the Exposition. Their expectations varied. Well-educated, highly assimilated African Americans sought not just representation but also membership at the highest level of decision making and planning. They wanted to participate fully in all intellectual and cultural events. Instead, they were given only token roles and used as window dressing. Their stories of pathos and joy, disappointment and hope, are part of the lost history of "White City." Frederick Douglass, who embodied the dream that inclusion within the American mainstream was possible, would never forget America's World's Fair snub.

Author Biography

Christopher Robert Reed is Seymour N. Logan Professor of History and North American Studies, and Director of the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies at Roosevelt University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xxi
Around the Nation
Expectationsp. 3
Participation and Protestp. 21
Race, Class, and Genderp. 37
In Host City Chicago
The Domain of Workp. 57
The Social Orderp. 80
At the Fair
"They Met at the Fair": Linkagesp. 101
The Scope of Involvementp. 121
"All the World Is Here!"
Continental Africa at the Fair: Dahomey Villagep. 143
On the Fairgrounds: The Haytian Pavilionp. 172
Diasporan and Continental Africa Meet: The Congress on Africap. 179
Frederick Douglass's Speech at Colored American Dayp. 193
Colored People's Blue Bookp. 195
Commentaries from Midway Typesp. 196
"Judge,"p. 198
Notesp. 201
Indexp. 227
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