National American History Museum: Science in American Life

Futurama at the New York World's Fair
Futurama at the New York World’s Fair

Walking through this exhibit, we find a love/hate relationship between Americans and science. We love the modern conveniences of plastic, birth control, and cheap energy, but hate the chemical poisons contaminating our environment, radioactivity, cancer, and innovations in warfare that come with them. Displays that are hopeful for the future through science are contrasted with displays of human suffering during the depression… and that’s not even getting into the conflicts of tradition versus progress as we see in the Evolution debates.

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