Synopses & Reviews
The 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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -226) and index.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Around the nation. Expectations. ; Participation and protest. ; Race, class, and gender. -- Part 2. In host city Chicago. The domain of work. ; The social order. -- Part. 3. At the fair. "They met at the fair": linkages. ; The scope of involvement. -- Part 4. "All the world is here!". Continental Africa at the fair : Dahomey Village. ; On the fairgrounds : The Haytian pavilion. ; Diasporan and Continental Africa meet : the congress on Africa. -- Appendix I : Frederick Douglass's speech at Colored American Day. -- Appendix II : Colored people's blue book. -- Appendix III : Commentaries from midway types. -- Appendix IV : "Judge" a poem by A. T. Worden.