To what extent did the World’s Fair of 1893 impact the United States of America?

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As of today, the city of Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, right behind New York and Los Angles. It is home to more 3 million people, but this was not always the case. When the city was created in 1833, it only "coveted less than half a square mile on either side of the main channel of the Chicago River and contained only 350 adventurous inhabitants, mostly male." (Abu-Lughod 49). As the years went on the city continued to grow and by 1870 its "economic base had evolved considerably" (51). However, the following year Chicago suffered a disaster that ultimately destroyed the city. This event is known as the Great Chicago Fire. The fire is said to have begun in a small farm owned by Catherine and Patrick
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Quickly New York’s financial titans “pledged $15 million to underwrite the fair if Congress awarded it to New York City” (Rydell). Right behind them Chicago’s leading capitalist “presented evidence of significant financial support from the city and state as well as over $5 million in stock subscriptions from people from every walk of life”. In addition to this, Chicago banker, Lyman Gage, raised several million extra dollars in 24 hours, beating New York’s beat offer and gaining the right to host the World’s Fair. Soon after the decision Daniel Burnham and George R. Davis were given the responsibility of planning of the buildings that would be displayed at the fair and also oversee the construction of every building. After construction was completed it was said that the Chicago World’s Fair provided "over ten times as much artificial illumination as the Paris show four years earlier, the 1893 fair used over 90,000 incandescent bulbs and 5,000 arc lights." (Abu-Lughod 460).
The fair allowed for many great inventions and technology to be brought into American culture. With the fair came new technology, various cultures, and a large influx of tourist to the city of Chicago. Many of the inventions introduced into America by the fair are still used in today’s world. Inventions such as cream of wheat, Shredded Wheat, Pabst Beer, Aunt Jemima syrup, and Juicy Fruit gum.

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