Thursday, November 10, 2011

Transformation of Chicago and the U.S.

Through all the advances and changes surrounding this period in American history no one can doubt the significance of the movement of people and what that allowed the Gilded Age to shape into and what the world’s fair came to look like. In addition to this transformation of movement there was also another movement of sorts, in which the United States for the first time stepped onto the world scene as a truly powerful contender.

In regards to the advancements in transportation nobody can stress how important this was for Chicago and the world’s fair alike. For without the efficient movement of people there would’ve been no world’s fair and there would’ve been nobody to staff this grand operation. People from far and white from other cities including the architects of the east coast to the labors from the American farm all came to seek new employment in this sometimes-unforgiving town.

In addition with America’s architects and politicians sighting their crosshairs on the World’s Exhibition in Paris and trying in everyway to out due Mr. Eiffel the importance of this Fair seemed even more steep. The World’s Fair in a way was to transform the American urban experience and showcased what America and Chicago had to offer. From the gardens along Lake Michigan to the Neo-classical architecture all were aiming for the most grandiose of such. It was with this grandiose attitude and work that truly transformed America into their eventual dominance in the world.

As we can take note of both our country and Chicago the city emerged from this world’s fair as truly global players and without this important mass transport of people aided by recent advances in transportation technology the world’s fair itself wouldn’t of been the success it was.

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