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It is true that a lot ofchanges have been witnessed in the history of the United States.Voting rights happen to be one of the areas where such changes havebeen observed and reflect on the important milestones. Unlike in thepast where only men could take part in the voting process, currently,even women have the same rights as their male counterparts and canexercise their voting rights. There is, therefore, a need toappreciate such changes and give room for more similar developments.Acquisition of voting rights must be seen from the context of genderequality. True, such an important milestone cannot be overlooked. Butthen again, there are other crucial areas where the present systemhas undermined the issue of equality. For instance, a disparity stillexists between the employment rate of men and women. While the levelof improvement in terms of gender equality in the U.S cannot beunderestimated, much remains to be done.World`s Columbian expositionThe world‘s Columbianexposition is an event that had its fair share of ups and downs. Itexposed the U.S in both the positive and negatives lenses. The fairhad a deep effect on a number of aspects including industrialpositivism, America`s self image, American art and architecture(Galvin, 1999), as well as technological advancements. A number ofstructures were put up during the exposition and include theColumbian university, the Mall in Washington D.C. and the City ofChicago itself (Bolotin, & Laing, 2002). There were also othercrucial inventions which found their way in the exhibition and rangefrom food, monetary items, and other aspects of development. It wasalso during the event that the shredded wheat, cream of wheat and thehamburger was first seen in the U.S. intellectual advancement of theU.S was also demonstrated through a number of people and events(Muccigrosso, 1993). For instance, it was during the exposition thatthe first mathematic congress was held. The minority community wasalso represented during the exposition whereby there was aperformance by both an African American and a Hawaiian. Additionally,there was appreciation for different types of art which reflected onthe evolution process collected at the Anthropology Hall (Alario,2009). All these brought the U.S society in a very good light andshowed a positive side of the continent. This was also the same timewhen spray painting was invented by Francis David Millet. Despite thepositive reflection of the society, there were still other areaswhere negative aspect of the U.S society was observed.Participation in world fairshas been highlighted in terms of racial representation. Althoughworld fairs have been staged to reflect on the growth and developmentof America, it is surprising that racial marginalization finds itsplace there. During the World`s Columbian exposition of the year1893, there was clear evidence of the minority marginalization(Douglas, 1999). While African Americans expected to participatefully as citizens, this was never to be. The most conspicuous aspectof the world air was the absence of African Americans. This was, as aresult, of white hostility and exclusion. This remains one of theprincipal mistreatments of minority in the world fair. Racism wasseen throughout White city and the Midway although most people chosenot to discuss this aspect of the world fair (Reed, 1999). While thiswas a great event in celebrating America`s progress, it was ironicalthat racism outshone the purpose of the event. Racism prevalent inAmerica during the I9th Century was reflected in world`s fairs andformed an impetus for civil rights movements. All the same, bothpositive and negative sides of the exposition reflected the culturaldynamism of the U.S.ReferencesAlario, J. The ColumbianExposition. Retrieved fromhttp://blogs.nyu.edu/blogs/hg26/amnhphotographs/2009/05/anthropology_and_the_worlds_co.htmlBolotin,N., & Laing, C. (2002). TheWorld`s Columbian Exposition: The Chicago World`s Fair of 1893.Urbana: University of Illinois Press.Douglas, F (1999). The ReasonWhy The Colored American Is Not In The World’s ColumbianExposition. The Afro-American`s Contribution to Columbian Literature.Galvin, P. V(1999). HistoricalSignificance of the Columbian Exposition of 1893. Digital HistoryCollection. <Retrieved from http://columbus.iit.edu/about.html>Muccigrosso,R. (1993). Celebratingthe New World: Chicago`s Columbian Exposition of 1893.Chicago: Dee.
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