A World on Display


53 minutes
Source: New Deal Films

In the spring and summer of 1904, the eyes of the nation and the world were focused on St. Louis, Missouri, the site of a World’s Fair commemorating the Louisiana Purchase Centennial. As part of one of the main exhibitions, the fair’s organizers brought 2,000 indigenous peoples from all over the world to St. Louis to live in supposedly authentic villages. This occurrence reflected both the social Darwinism of the time and America’s new role as an overseas power.

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