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Office: HGH 210; phone: (408) 924-5378
Email: wooda@email.sjsu.edu
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A great big beautiful tomorrow

- Helene Margaret, Tomorrow America

We witness a retreat from the romantic ideal of public life. The Depression and impending war has shaken American notions of community to their core. Arcadian promises of open vistas and peaceful concord between self and society are bypassed as corporate and government planners focus the nation's attention to the "world of tomorrow." Doubts about our ability to construct a better world are silenced; they must be, if the nation can face the adversaries of self-doubt within and totalitarianism abroad.

Readings: Kihlstedt, Gelernter, Exposition Publications, and General Motors

Suggested Reading: Wood's New York's 1939-1940 World's Fair.

Viewing: The World of Tomorrow

Notes: Gelernter - Fair Theme Center and Futurama

Supplemental Website: Wood's Images from the 1939-40 New York World's Fair

Supplemental Website: Images from the 1933-34 Century of Progress Fair

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