Symbolism In Erik Larson's Devil In The White City

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The main focal point of Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City is centered around the excitement, murders, and magic of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. In 1890, Chicago was becoming a very populated and anxious city of America. The city itself wanted something to prove to the more traditional eastern cities of the United States. Driven by its massive civic pride, Chicago joined in the election against New York, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. to be considered where the placement of the next World’s Fair would be located. Paris, France hosted the previous World’s Fair and left the world astonished with its architectural achievements with the Eiffel tower. Civic leaders in the opposing cities ultimately agreed to place the Fair in Chicago. …show more content…
Beginning with the shift from national to civic pride. After the World’s fair in Paris, subsequently America wanted the challenge of organizing the following one. America had to determine the city that would host the World’s Fair. The election was between New York, St. Louis, and Chicago, once congress decided Chicago a lot of eastern Americans were not pleased with the vote. Chicago 's citizens had an opposing view, “Success today would dispel at last the eastern perception that Chicago was nothing more than a greedy hog-slaughtering backwater; failure would bring humiliation from which the city would not soon recover.” (13) This endeavor would soon help the tarnished name of Chicago and the citizens naturally supported that. Daniel Burnham and John Root’s project of the Chicago World’s Fair convinces the reader that the project was tremendously rushed. Burnham and Root faced a lot of complications and dilemmas. Starting with the time constraint when the Fair needed to be finished. “If an engineer capable of besting Eiffel did not step forward soon, Burnham knew, there simply would not be enough time left to build anything worthy of the fair. Somehow he needed to rouse the engineers of America.” (155) Burnham was given ___ years until the opening date May 1, 1893. This project had to be done swiftly and still galvanize America, …show more content…
With this difficulty that Burnham had to confront, he also had to confront his architectural team about their artistic views and how they could comprise on an unambiguous theme for the Fair. Certainly with the time limitations Burnham and his team of employees faced, some obstacles would occur with the treatment of his workers. Burnham had to open the fair in two

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