Secrets of the Sideshows

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University Press of Kentucky, Sep 9, 2005 - Political Science - 401 pages
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The U.S. South is a distinctive political and cultural force -- not only in the eyes of Americans, but also in the estimation of many Europeans. The region played a distinctive role as a major agricultural center and the source of much of the wealth in early America, but it has also served as a catalyst for the nation's only civil war, and later, as a battleground in violent civil rights conflicts. Once considered isolated and benighted by the international community, the South has recently evoked considerable interest among popular audiences and academic observers on both sides of the Atlantic.

In The U.S. South and Europe, editors Cornelis A. van Minnen and Manfred Berg have assembled contributions that interpret a number of political, cultural, and religious aspects of the transatlantic relationship during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The contributors discuss a variety of subjects, including European colonization, travel accounts of southerners visiting Europe, and the experiences of German immigrants who settled in the South. The collection also examines slavery, foreign recognition of the Confederacy as a sovereign government, the lynching of African Americans and Italian immigrants, and transatlantic religious fundamentalism. Finally, it addresses international perceptions of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement as a framework for understanding race relations in the United Kingdom after World War II. Featuring contributions from leading scholars based in the United States and Europe, this illuminating volume explores the South from an international perspective and offers a new context from which to consider the region's history.

 

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Contents

ORIGINS OF THE SIDESHOW
1
The Fairs and Beyond
4
Beginnings of the Modern Circus
6
Barnum the Showman
10
The Greatest Show
15
Carnivals and More
18
ON THE MIDWAY
25
Concessions
28
Other Made Oddities
189
Gaffed Oddities
194
Gaffed Acts
201
WORKING ACTS
209
Sword Swallowers
220
Phenomenal Ingesters
225
Human Pincushions
233
Blockheads
238

Games
34
Rides and Amusements
40
Sideshows
48
THE TENINONE
52
The Banner Line
53
The Bally Platform
62
On the Inside
68
The Blowoff
76
HUMAN ODDITIES LARGE AND SMALL
80
Giants
81
Fat People
92
Living Skeletons
101
Dwarfs
105
Midgets
111
HUMAN ODDITIES BETWEEN A HALF AND TWO
120
OneandaHalfs
128
Armless and Legless Wonders
133
OTHER HUMAN ODDITIES
141
Hirsute Womenand Men
150
And More
158
ANATOMICAL WONDERS
165
IndiaRubber People
168
SpecialEffects Performers
171
Mr Anatomical Wonder
175
CHEATED ODDITIES
178
Pierced Ones
184
Other Torture Acts
240
Electric Marvels
247
Snake Charmers
250
Knife Throwers
254
ILLUSIONS
260
Psychic Marvels
264
Torture Box Illusions
271
Living Heads
275
Headless People
282
Floating Lady
285
Gorilla Girl
288
Girl in the Goldfish Bowl
291
Other Illusions
293
ANIMAL SHOWS
299
SingleAnimal Acts and Exotics
303
Freak Animal Exhibits
309
Flea Circuses
314
CURIOS
322
Other Preserved Exhibits
328
Bogus Creatures
333
Other Curios
341
THE EGRESS
345
References
353
Index
361
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Joe Nickell is Senior Research Fellow of the committe for Skeptical Inquiry and author of Detecting Forgery, Camera Clues, Unsolved History, Real-Life X-Files, Crime Science, The Kentucky Mint Julep, More Real-Life X-Files and Secrets of the Sideshows.