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By 1900 St. Louis was America’s fourth largest city with about 575,000 residents. But there were major social and political ills, including a recent violent and costly transit workers’ strike that 16 | Organizing the Louisiana Purchase Exposition could undermine a major fair. Political cronyism, bribery, and corruption were endemic, involving both political parties, but principally Republican assemblymen. Democrats ran industrialist Rolla Wells as a reform candidate for mayor. He won, ensuring support for an exposition by improving streets and public services, a critical reform if the lpe was to be a success.
It would serve as an excellent means of publicity, drawing crowds and generating more gate receipts. He predicted that the anthropology displays would receive more press coverage than any other part of the fair. Secondly, it would be a quest: As the representatives of the Company go out into the barbarous world to secure peoples from the various tribes for exhibition here, their movements, the obstacles they meet, the difﬁculties they overcome, the dangers with which they are confronted, the hardships and privations they endure, their failures and successes, will all be subjects of legitimate news, eagerly sought by newspapers everywhere.
2. Plan map of exposition. Map by Charles Sternberg. Fig. 3. Natives participate in the transportation parade in the Grand Basin. Library of Congress, lc 10901, 3245. course would be placed to the west, with the Government Pavilion and state pavilions placed to the southeast of the Main Picture. The huge Inside Inn was sited at the southeast corner and the amusement area, the Pike, would extend west for one and a half miles from the main entrance on Lindell Boulevard along Skinker Road. ” Francis told everyone that education would be the keynote of the Universal Exposition.
Anthropology Goes to the Fair: The 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition by Nancy J. Parezo