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Engineering NatureWater, Development, and the Global Spread of American Environmental Expertise$
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Jessica B. Teisch

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834435

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878019_teisch

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Introduction California Welcomes the World

Introduction California Welcomes the World

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(p.1) Introduction California Welcomes the World
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Engineering Nature
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Jessica B. Teisch

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807878019_teisch.4

This book begins with San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. The state's nineteenth-century dream had rested on anti-industrial and agrarian themes, but the 1915 exposition announced California's future. In the Palace of Transportation, a Ford rolled off an assembly line every ten minutes. The Palace of Machinery displayed life-sized models of California's mechanized canneries, cement mixers, electricity-lit mines, Pelton water wheels, power plants, and diesel engines. The fair also gave one last tribute to the ideals of a century that had been defined, above all, by one of the most self-confident and exuberant ideas of all times: progress. This nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century notion of progress rested on an abstract but universal set of ideas. In theory, progress promised many things: material and commercial development, scientific and social enlightenment, free markets, and rule of law.

Keywords:   San Francisco, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, agrarian themes, Palace of Transportation, Palace of Machinery, progress

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