The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World's Fair

The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World's Fair

by Margaret Creighton


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"A marvelous recounting of the 1901 World’s Fair. Every chapter sparkles…The Buffalo-Niagara Falls extravaganza comes alive in these pages. Highly recommended!" —Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot

The Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, dazzled with its new rainbow-colored electric lights. It showcased an array of wonders, like daredevils attempting to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, or the "Animal King" putting the smallest woman in the world and also terrifying animals on display. But the thrill-seeking spectators little suspected that an assassin walked the fairgrounds, waiting for President William McKinley to arrive. In Margaret Creighton’s hands, the result is "a persuasive case that the fair was a microcosm of some momentous facets of the United States, good and bad, at the onset of the American Century" (Howard Schneider, Wall Street Journal).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393354799
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 168,586
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Margaret S. Creighton is the author of The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History, a finalist for the Lincoln Prize, and other works. She is a professor of history at Bates College and lives in Maine.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Rainbow City 9

2 Summer in the City 30

3 The Favored Guest 50

4 The Blood-Colored Temple 74

5 The Emergency 95

6 The Rise and the Fall 127

7 Aftershock 140

8 Freefall 162

9 The Escape of the Doll Lady 188

10 The Elephant 216

11 The Timekeepers 238

Acknowledgments 275

Illustration Credits 279

Notes 283

Selected Bibliography 309

Index 317

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