The Circus Age: Culture & Society Under the American Big Top

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2002 - Performing Arts - 329 pages
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A century ago, daily life ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town. Across America, banks closed, schools canceled classes, farmers left their fields, and factories shut down so that everyone could go to the show. In this entertaining and provoca
  

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Well researched and kept me interested in circus history. Fantastic illustrations. Circus history and current "circus"events are pulled together in the final chapter. This well written book was thoroughly enjoyed. Read full review

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

With highly readable prose, Davis employs the railroad circus—a supremely popular amusement at the turn of the century—as an apt lens to view the social transitions of the time. She argues that the ... Read full review

Contents

Hillside view of show grounds at Red Wing Minn Ringling Bros 1915
5
3 Barnuin Bailey bigtop interior from advertisement in route book for tent maker 1904
6
The Circus as a Historical and Cultural Process
15
Columbus and the Discovery of America Barnum Bailey 1892
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Barnum Bailey program sketch of show grounds 1903
33
Circus Day Barnum Bailey Brockton Mass 1903
38
Elephant laborer Barnum Bailey 1906
47
Sledging Gang Barnum Bailey Brockton Mass 1903
48
Ethnological Congress companion lithograph to fig 12
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Two Living Human Prodigies Barnum Bailey 1897
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Lou Ringling also known as Inez Morris ca 1887
125
Krao Farini 1885
129
Ubangi Savages Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey 1930
134
GiraffeNeck Women from Burma HagenbeckWallace 1934 737
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From the King of Beasts to Clowns in Drag
142
Sweet Bye Bye P T Barnums Circus Museum and Menagerie 1887
151

Payday Barnum Bailey Brockton Mass 1903
66
Statue Girls Barnum Bailey Brockton Mass 1903
84
Grand Equestrian Tournament Barnum Bailey 1894
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Chiko and Johanna Ethnological Congress Barnum Bailey 1894
97
Happy Family or Monkey Play P T Barnums Circus Museum and Menagerie 1887
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May Wirth ca 192427 700
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Great Groups of Trained Wild Beasts Barnum Bailey 1915
102
LAuto Bolide Barnum Bailey 1905
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May Wirth and Lillian Leitzel 1924
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The Arrigosi Sisters Adam Forepaugh and Sells Brothers 1896
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Albert Hodgini as The Original Miss Daisy 19O7 lit 21 Mr and Mrs Hodgini undated
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A Giant Black Orang Barnum Bailey 1893
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A Chinese Tea Party Barnum Bailey 1916
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Clown group ca 1905 777
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Immigrants Just Arrived from Ellis Island Kassino Midgets 1927 777
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Instruct the Minds of All Classes
192
Columbus Takes Possession of a New World Barnum Bailey 1892
201
American Fleet of Battleships Barnum Bailey 1899
208
The Rescue at Pekin Buffalo Bills Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World 1901
213
Oriental India Barnum Bailey 1896 277
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From Las Vegas to the Bridges of Madison County
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Janet M. Davis is associate professor of American studies and history at the University of Texas at Austin.

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