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.