The Devil in the White City

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On Pages 223-224 of the novel Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, What historical Reference is discussed word for word? What does that Historical reference mean?

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The major historical reference on these pages is to wild west shows such as that put on by Buffalo Bill Cody.

By the time of the Columbian Exposition , the days of the "wild west" were essentially over.  There would be a couple of Indian wars in the 1890s, but...

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The major historical reference on these pages is to wild west shows such as that put on by Buffalo Bill Cody.

By the time of the Columbian Exposition, the days of the "wild west" were essentially over.  There would be a couple of Indian wars in the 1890s, but they were very minor compared to earlier decades.  However, those days were only 10 or 20 years in the past so many figures from them were still alive and the idea of the wild west was still important to many people.  

For these reasons, wild west shows were very popular as people wanted to "experience" this famous period in US history that was now gone but was still fresh in people's memories and imaginations.

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