About Emily Trafford

Emily Trafford is an early career researcher who works on race and exhibition in the Progressive Era, particularly focusing on the world's fairs on the West Coast. She completed her PhD in 2016, and is currently lecturing at the University of Manchester.

‘See America First’: International Expositions, Nationalism, and Local Competition

Using primary sources from ‘World's Fairs’ - an Adam Matthew collection

Enumerating the reasons why San Francisco rather than New Orleans should receive federal sanctioning for the 1915 exposition celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal, this illustrated pamphlet urged readers to acquaint themselves with the wonders of the Pacific Coast and to “See America First”. As the first global gatherings of mass audiences, expositions – or world’s fairs – assembled the world in a single site. Continue reading