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A Dream of the Future – Race, Empire, and Modernity at the Atlanta and Nashville World's Fairs - Oxford Scholarship Online
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A Dream of the Future: Race, Empire, and Modernity at the Atlanta and Nashville World's Fairs

Nathan Cardon


A Dream of the Future examines how southerners at the end of the nineteenth century worked through the major questions facing a nation undergoing profound change. In an age of empire and industry, southerners grappled with what it meant to be modern. At Atlanta’s 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition and Nashville’s 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, white and black southerners endeavored to understand how their region could be industrial and imperial on its own terms. On a local, national, and global stage, African Americans, New South boosters, New Women, and Civil War veterans ... More

Keywords: Atlanta, Nashville, Cotton States and International Exposition, Tennessee Centennial Exposition, World’s Fairs, Jim Crow modernity, US Empire, African American, the New South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190274726
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190274726.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan Cardon, author
Lecturer in United States History, Co-Director of American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham

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