The Economic Impact Of The 1893 Chicago World's Fair

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The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, more formally known as the Columbian Exposition, was a fair constructed to celebrate Columbus’ arrival in the New World. Chicago was known as the White City, but did not appear as pure and spotless as its name suggested. For instance, there were many ways one could get killed. “Fire took a dozen lives a day...There was diphtheria, typhus, cholera, influenza. And there was murder.” (Larson 12). These unstoppable causes of death was one of the reasons Chicago’s reputation was tarnished. Furthermore, the Panic of 1893 struck and greatly affected the city of Chicago. The Panic’s effects included “financial crises”, “bankruptcy”, and “high rates of unemployment and homelessness”. (Panic of 1893). Because of the city’s economic depression, the fair would decide whether Chicago’s circumstances would improve or deteriorate. Eventually, the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair displayed what America would soon become in an industrial, military, and economic perspective.
First, the World's Columbian Exposition would soon showcase what America could become. The fair produced the invention of many of the world’s leading brands today, some of which include Juicy Fruit gum, Aunt Jemima syrup, and Cracker Jack Popcorn. “They sampled a new, oddly flavored gum called Juicy Fruit, and a caramel-coated popcorn called Cracker Jack” (Larson 247). These world famous companies started out insignificant and were able to grow because of the influence of the World’s Fair. Another

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