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The Cotton States and International Exposition

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The Cotton States and International Exposition was held in Piedmont Park in 1895. The latest in a string of world fairs across the country, it was an attempt for Atlanta and the South to establish itself as a new center of regional prosperity and progress, and open the doors to potential foreign trade partners. Its over 6,000 exhibits served to display the South in a new age of modernity, embracing technology and industry as part of its redeveloping economy. However, the Cotton States and International Exposition also serve to cement new racial and ethnic ideologies that would have long term consequences for the South and the country as a whole. 

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