Revisiting the World's Fairs and International Expositions


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Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta 1895


  • Lorini,Alessandra."International Expositions in Chicago and Atlanta:Rituals of Progress and Reconciliation."Rituals of Race:American Public Culture and the Search for Racial Democracy.Charlottesville:U.of Virginia Press,1999:33-75.
  • Newman, Harvey K. "Atlanta's Hospitality Businesses in the New South Era, 1880-1900." Georgia Historical Quarterly 80: 1 (1996): 53-76.
    Discusses primarily early hotels such as the Kimball House and businesses like traveling circuses. The impact of prohibition is also addressed. Mention is made of the 1881 Cotton Exposition while the 1895 Cotton Exposition is dealt with in more detail.


  • Coons, F. H. Boyd. "The Cotton States and International Exposition in the New South: Architecture and Implications." Master's Thesis: University of Virginia, 1988.
    Created to espouse the positive traits of the New South, the Cotton States and International Exposition occurred at a time of "renewed regional identity." The layout of the fairgrounds as well as the disunity of architectural style amongst the buildings were indicative of the New South's unresolved identity issues. Includes photographs and a bibliography.


  • Goodson, Steve. Highbrows Hillbillies and Hellfire: Public Entertainment in Atlanta, 1880-1930. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2002.