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“From Dumps to Glory”: Flushing Meadows and the New York World’s Fair of 1939–1940

Kara Murphy Schlichting

in New York Recentered: Building the Metropolis from the Shore

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226613024
eISBN:
9780226613161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226613161.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the environmental reclamation of Flushing Meadows for the 1939-1940 Queens world’s fair. In the 1930s, the infamous ash dump at Flushing Meadows stood as stark proof of the ... More


A Consuming Public: The Strange and Magnificent New York World’s Fair

Susan Herbst

in A Troubled Birth: The 1930s and American Public Opinion

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780226812915
eISBN:
9780226813073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226813073.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter addresses the relationship between entertainment and our beliefs about the American public. Through the lens of the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair, we can see how it is that ... More


“An enormous macédoine of musical comedy, patriotism, and burlesque, spangled with American history—that is ‘American Jubilee.’ ”: Anonymous

Sharon Skeel

in Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780190654542
eISBN:
9780190654573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190654542.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Dance

Joan McCracken leaves the Littlefields to perform at Radio City Music Hall and eventually on Broadway. Catherine stages dances for the large-scale “American Jubilee” pageant at the World’s Fair in ... More


Epilogue: The Limits of the World of Tomorrow

Kara Murphy Schlichting

in New York Recentered: Building the Metropolis from the Shore

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226613024
eISBN:
9780226613161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226613161.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This epilogue examines suburbanization as it was celebrated by the New York World’s Fair and as the major landscape transformation of postwar greater New York. The World of Tomorrow sold visitors a ... More


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