From the 1850s and for over 100 years, World’s Fairs were dominant cultural events in Europe and America. This course reviews the history and impact of these great expositions that both reflected and influenced the culture of their times. We will explore the role World’s Fairs played in America following the Civil War and the Great Depression. Emphasis will be placed on America’s four greatest--Philadelphia-1876, Chicago-1893, St. Louis-1904, and New York-1939. Why did government and business spend millions on these expositions? Why did people pay to visit them?