1876 World’s Fair, Philadelphia: The “Happy Birthday America” Fair

The “Happy Birthday” World’s Fair: The Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1876

This is Episode 3 in “WORLDS FAIRS EXPOSEed,” my DocuCommentary video series.  It explores the background, implementation, and a behind-the-scenes look at the fair held in celebration of the Centennial of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, held in Philadelphia in 1876.

Some of the material in the video makes reference to contents of the first and second episodes in the series. If you have not yet seen Episode 1, “Fair Enough: The Great Exhibition, London, 1851” and/or “Yankee Doodle Palace: The New York World’s Fair, 1853-1854” you can watch them on Youtube at the following addresses:

1851:  https://youtu.be/mfwtwlfwvaU

1853:  https://youtu.be/D_hFbKrTI3A

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Yankee Doodle Palace: The first American World’s Fair, New York, 1853

Episode 2 in WORLDS FAIRS EXPOSEed, (a DocuCommentary video series I create and narrate which focuses primarily on the World’s Fairs held in the United States since 1853) is now available on my Meet MythAmerica Youtube channel. You can watch it on this page in a small version, or, once you press the play button here,  click on the word Youtube at the bottom right of the video screen, which will take you to the large version, or the full screen version, on Youtube.

This Episode explores the background, implementation, and aftermath of the fair held at the American Crystal Palace in New York City in 1853/1854.


Some of the material in the video makes reference to contents of the first, introductory episode in the series. If you have not yet seen Episode 1, “Fair Enough: The Great Exhibition, London, 1851” you can watch it on Youtube at the following address:



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I have been immersed for a couple of years now in creating what I call DocuCommentary videos for my Meet MythAmerica Youtube Channel. Most of the subjects I research for these videos are a bit gloomy… the Cherokee Trail of Tears, Civil Rights, the administration of Donald Trump, and so on. Since early this year I have been working simultaneously on research and writing for two even darker subjects, the history of Anti-Semitism (in the world and in the US up to the present) and the history of the gun rights movement in the US. At one point last month, this all overwhelmed me to the point of depression, and I decided to take a break, put the topics on the shelf for a few weeks, and create some “fun” videos for myself for a while.

I have had a hobby for the past 20 years of doing research and writing about the American  World’s Fairs of the past two centuries. I have gathered a small library of books and videos on the topic, along with an archive on my harddrive of millions of words and thousands of photos from the Internet on the topic. So I have now begun turning the results of my research into videos about the fairs. Just this week, I presented the first video of the series to a discussion group my husband and daughter and I meet with here in our home area. It was very enthusiastically received and led to a lively discussion of almost an hour. So I thought some of the followers on this blog might find it of interest also.   Below is a link to the video on my Youtube channel, with a description of the series below the title.

Title:  “Fair Enough: Traveling through time to the Great Exhibition in London,1851”

This is the introductory video in a DocuCommentary series created and narrated by Pam Dewey that covers the history of U.S. World’s Fairs of the 19th and 20th Centuries. The title of the series is “WORLD’S FAIRS EXPOSed.” Each video will first provide an informative and entertaining overview of a specific fair from the point of view of the visitors of the era. And then it will explore behind the scenes, to consider how the fair both reflected…and AFFECTED…the social, cultural, economic, political, and philosophical aspects of the America of its time. And what long-lasting influence it may have even had on the future of the country, clear up to the 21st century.
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Westboro Baptist Church: A WWR Snapshot


Field Guide to the WILD WORLD OF RELIGION I haven’t added to my religion research website for some time now, as the aging software got unwieldy. So today I decided to begin posting semi-regularly new short entries on the related blog, here on WordPress, instead, which is super easy to update.
It will be information not covered on the website. I expect most will be in the form of the type of brief “snapshot” of groups, gurus, movements, and ideas that can be seen in this first new entry, which is about the Westboro Baptist Church wacko outfit.
They are due to show up and picket several churches in Gainesville FL on February 3, before heading up that same day to picket at the Superbowl in Atlanta. Most people know little or nothing about the group except how hellishly obnoxious they are. This article will clarify how they got that way. Click the link below to see this new material.
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…With Liberty’s Tears for All

I have a new stand-alone DocuCommentary up on my Youtube channel now. (It is not part of the Strange Brew series…that series will be continued soon.)
I showed this video yesterday at a discussion group I  attend every week.  It was VERY enthusiastically received, and led to a lively hour-long discussion.
If StarrTrekking readers should happen to want to share it with their friends, I suggest cutting and pasting the description below, and the link, into an email or social media post of your own to pass on.

With Liberty’s Tears for All: A closer look at the history of the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Many Americans embroiled in the recent debate over standing for the National Anthem to honor the US flag have no idea that a related, but even more acrimonious, debate raged in the United States 75 years ago. Questions regarding “flag respect” and the importance of preserving civic rituals of patriotism in our culture are nothing new. And the answers that were promoted by some people in that earlier era are extremely relevant to the debate today.

This DocuCommentary by Pam Dewey explores the background leading to a dark time in our American narrative.

Be sure to click on the icon in the BOTTOM RIGHT corner of the screen below to watch the video in full-screen mode.



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Strange Brew: Part 4: Wrapping Weirdness in the Flag

The latest installment of my Strange Brew Youtube series, “Wrapping Weirdness in the Flag,” is now available. See link at the end of this post.


For a short while after the election of 2016, there was widespread interest in the public press in trying to account for the unusually high percentage of Evangelical Christians who voted for Donald Trump. Many theories were floated, and throughout early 2017 you occasionally saw photos of groups of evangelical leaders praying over Trump in the Oval Office. But so many other troubling aspects of the Trump Administration have flooded the news almost daily in the past year and a half, that the Evangelical voter topic has been shunted into the shadows.

It is my conviction that this is a big mistake. Because I am convinced that those Evangelical voters may once again have a drastic effect on the upcoming Mid-Term Election of 2018, catching many pundits by surprise again. This latest entry in the Strange Brew series, along with the next two entries in the series (coming soon), will give the viewer insight into just how and why masses of Evangelicals are gearing up for what they view as not just settling “partisan political disagreements” … but a literal violent, supernatural Spiritual Battle with what they consider forces of darkness.

[If you have missed the earlier installments of this series, be sure to look in the DESCRIPTION section below this video on Youtube, where you will find links to all of the earlier installments. The information and commentary in each entry builds on material from the previous entries.]

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“Strange Brew” Video

I have begun a new video DocuCommentary series on my Meet MythAmerica youtube channel:
STRANGE BREW: An examination of what is behind the weird symbiosis of GOP Politics, Big Business, and Evangelical Christianity during the presidential administration of Donald Trump, which is affecting a wide swath of US issues including the climate change and ecological crises debates, economics, public education, civil rights, and social justice.
The link to Part 1 of the series is below. This introductory video draws from some of the material I included in the introduction to my blog series on “Donald Trump’s Strangest Bedfellows” which began back on January 3, 2017. This new video series initially summarizes and expands on some of that material, but leads quickly to fresh new information right out of today’s news. I believe my 30+ years of intensive research into “homegrown American religion” that I share on my Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion website has led me to a unique perspective on the interplay of all these forces.
The link to Part 2 of the series is in the Documentation section below the video screen on Youtube. I hope you will join me on a wild trek through a Strange New World.
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