Lauren Zelt Articles

Yesterday’s Future

A World’s Fair in Queens for a nation in transition.
Apr 14, 2014

During the summers of 1964 and 1965, more than 51 million people—beatniks, squares, and international tourists alike—packed their bags and traveled to the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of opening day, Joseph Tirella, in this carefully detailed account, explores the fair itself and, perhaps more important, uses that extraordinary event as a lens through which to view one of the more critical junctures in American history. 

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