The World’s Columbian Exposition as a Microcosm of Gilded Age Class Differentiations


  • Dawn Staats


The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 exemplified Gilded Age class differentiations as demonstrated by the people who took part in creating it, the design and arrangement of its structures, and the attractions of its two distinct venues. Exposition developers created the White City to represent the pinnacle of high-brow culture. Nearby, the Midway Plaisance became the playground of the working class and reflected emerging low-brow trends of the era. To comprehend the duality of the Fair is to grasp the bifurcation of American society during the Gilded Age.