Theda Perdue, Professor of Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina, discusses her book Race and the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition of 1895. The book examines the world’s fair held in Atlanta, where white organizers - in order to attract business to the area - hoped to demonstrate they had solved problems of race in the city. The exposition featured American Indians, African Americans, and other racial, ethnic, and gender communities as part of the event’s installations. Perdue finds that this turn-of-the-century performance of race played out in surprising ways, particularly in terms of the voice this event gave to the minorities who took part.
BIO: Theda Perdue
Theda Perdue is Atlanta Distinguished Term Professor of Southern Culture in the history department at UNC - Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the Native peoples of the southeastern United States, on gender in Native societies, and on racial construction in the South.