Coming of age in chicago presents an account of the interplay of anthropology and the public spectacle of the 1893 chicago worlds fair that is both authoritative and engaging. Coming of age in chicago the 1893 worlds fair and the coalescence of american anthropology curtis m hinsley david r wilcox collection of scholarly essays and primary documents exploring the significance of the 1893 worlds fair and the history of american anthropology. Coming of age in chicago explores a watershed moment in american anthropology when an unprecedented number of historians and anthropologists of all subfields gathered on the 1893 chicago columbian exposition fairgrounds drawn together by the fairs focus on indigenous peoples participants . The worlds columbian exposition the official shortened name for the worlds fair columbian exposition also known as the chicago worlds fair and chicago columbian exposition was a worlds fair held in chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of christopher columbuss arrival in the new world in 1492. The 1893 worlds columbian exposition or chicago worlds fair has long been recognized as a major event in american cultural history after three years of planning and feverish preparation the fair opened on may 1 along the transformed lakeshore of jackson park unfortunately at the onset of
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