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Historical Insights at Devil in the White City Write an essay discussing the historical insights introduced in Erik Larson's Devil in the White City, being sure to answer the following questions: In what ways does the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 reflect the conflicts and contrasts of the Gilded Age? What is the Fair's enduring imprint on American society & culture, & what new trends does it signify for its twentieth century? Even though the Chicago World's fair of 1893 just lasted 6 months, it had a massive effect on the city of Chicago, its own inhabitants, and indeed the whole nation. Up till that point in its history, the US had done nothing over the scale of the world's fair, and was regarded as a country of barbarians and cowboys by a lot of the planet, particularly Old Europe. The fair proved to be a best strategy for the US to disprove this. In building the honest, they would be put in direct rivalry with France, who had assembled a glorious fair just a couple of years before. If Chicago would at least build a reasonable on level with the Paris fair, it'd prove to the entire world that the US has been a cultural, political and military power to be reckoned with. Due to the fair's massive scale, it turned into a microcosm of the conflicts and the tenor of the times. In result, the fair has been the turning point between the old Victorian days and the contemporary age, technologically, culturally, politically, and also from the hearts of these inhabitants of the US and the entire world. The United States of the Gilded Age was not the superpower is it now. At very best, it was regarded as a effective industrial and manufacturing nation, but little more. Culturally and politically, it had been an upstart into the relatively old and established European powers of the day. Now in history, a lot of the American West was still frontier country, relatively undeveloped. The North east, notably New York, has been the only part of the US considered from the world to be somewhat civilized and cultured. Even what we think of as scenic now, most notably Chicago, was considered as uncivilized. Getting the World's Fair in Chicago was their opportunity to prove otherwise. It was also a chance for the whole nation to demonstrate its cultural ability. With the Fair's success came new respect in the world, particularly Europe. The US was not seen up to a second rate power with no civilization of its own and no international influence. The fa...