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A Dream of the FutureRace, Empire, and Modernity at the Atlanta and Nashville World's Fairs$
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Nathan Cardon

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190274726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190274726.001.0001

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A Dream or Nightmare of the Future?

A Dream or Nightmare of the Future?

(p.110) Conclusion: A Dream or Nightmare of the Future?
A Dream of the Future

Nathan Cardon

Oxford University Press

The book concludes with the 1907 Jamestown Tercentennial Exposition, which both reflected and refracted the hopes and dreams of the Cotton States and Tennessee Centennial. It reflected New South desires for a society in which industrial capital flooded the South, opened foreign markets, and where a race hierarchy included African Americans in the region’s progress yet separated them within that society. But it also saw the refraction of their dreams in in which the vision of an ordered and prosperous South came unhinged in the fair’s financial disaster. Southern women were all but eliminated from participating, and African Americans’ dreams of inclusion in the region’s progress—albeit on the white South’s terms—now appeared a very dubious assertion. The Jamestown Tercentennial Exposition still represented the New South dream of a modern and imperial future, but for others, it was a nightmare.

Keywords:   Jamestown Tercentennial, the South, Negro Building, US empire, Jim Crow, Hampton Roads, international expositions, Booker T. Washington

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