The American Interest magazine is looking for an essay (4000-5000 words) on the history and sociology of American state fairs. Anyone out there doing any research, or better, thinking, about this? State fairs are great fun, but that's not all they are. They have a changing economic role; they create images of patriotism, social order, generational identity, and so on. Fascinates me. Who wants to give this a shot, or at least discuss it?
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