Race and the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition of 1895 by Theda PerdueRace and the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition of 1895 by Theda Perdue

Race and the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition of 1895

byTheda Perdue

Paperback | October 1, 2011

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The Cotton States Exposition of 1895 was a world's fair in Atlanta held to stimulate foreign and domestic trade for a region in an economic depression. Theda Perdue uses the exposition to examine the competing agendas of white supremacist organizers and the peoples of color who participated.

White organizers had to demonstrate that the South had solved its race problem in order to attract business and capital. As a result, the exposition became a venue for a performance of race that formalized the segregation of African Americans, the banishment of Native Americans, and the incorporation of other people of color into the region's racial hierarchy.

White supremacy may have been the organizing principle, but exposition organizers gave unprecedented voice to minorities. African Americans used the Negro Building to display their accomplishments, to feature prominent black intellectuals, and to assemble congresses of professionals, tradesmen, and religious bodies. American Indians became more than sideshow attractions when newspapers published accounts of the difficulties they faced. And performers of ethnographic villages on the midway pursued various agendas, including subverting Chinese exclusion and protesting violations of contracts. Close examination reveals that the Cotton States Exposition was as much about challenges to white supremacy as about its triumph.

Theda Perdue is the Atlanta Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina. Her eight books include The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears and "Mixed Blood" Indians (Georgia).
Title:Race and the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition of 1895Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8 × 5 × 12 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820340359

ISBN - 13:9780820340357


Table of Contents

Foreword, by Alan C. Downs and Anastatia Sims

Chapter One. Beyond the "Atlanta Compromise"
Chapter Two. Vanishing Indians
Chapter Three. The Global South

Appendix. Teaching the Cotton States Exposition

Editorial Reviews

Pays close attention to the marginalized voices and, in so doing, uncovers unexpected accounts of how many of these participants confronted and even subverted the racism they encountered.

- Journal of Southern History