The Devil In The White City Analysis

Decent Essays

In 1893, The United States of America was in an age where prosperity was well known, but many major issues lurked beneath the surface. The White City, built in Chicago for the World’s Fair, gilded Chicago, a growing city dealing with sickness, death, fire, and man on man crime. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson goes in depth with both sides of this era in America. The story covers both Daniel H. Burnham, an architect with a major role in designing and managing the creation of the fair, and Dr. H.H. Holmes, a serial killer that relayed on aliases and prayed on women and those most vulnerable in the up and coming city of Chicago. The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair was a powerful exposition that managed to not only influence the American people, but also showcase the future of a nation that was bound to be an economic, military, and industrial powerhouse. The World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago featured many new products that lasted the test of time. In The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson discusses how fairgoers, “... tasted a new snack called Cracker Jack and a new breakfast food called Shredded Wheat” (Larson 5). Juicy Fruit gum was also introduced at the fair (“The World’s Columbian Exposition Closes in Chicago”) along with Cracker Jacks, Aunt Jemima Syrup, Cream of Wheat cereal, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer ("Progress Made Visible: American World's Fairs and Expositions”), and many more well known products that are still popular in today’s society. The fair featured

Get Access