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The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition: Home

This guide contains a number of sources that focus on the political, cultural, and social impacts of the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition that was held in Chicago. Sources vary between primary and secondary academic materials, and other baseline info

Welcome to the Fair

“Since the dawn of civilization, since commerce and enlightenment wrested the reigns of direction from the gnarled hand of savage anarchy, the world has not seen so magnificent an achievement, so glorious an exposition of the wonders of human genius, so transcendent an educational exhibition of international comity and industry, as that displayed by the great Fair of 1893. It was an epoch not alone in American history, but a sublime event in the history of the world, worthy to the perpetually commemorated. Generations to come will read with grateful hearts the story of the World’s Fair, in which the young Republic surpassed, beyond comparison, all the efforts of other nations, winning an honor greater than was deserved before.”

-World’s Columbian Exposition 


What is a World's Fair?

Citations For This Page

Findling, John. “World's Fair.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 15 Oct. 2018,