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American Sideshow

Author : Marc Hartzman
ISBN : 144064991X
Genre : Performing Arts
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A fascinating look into the history of the American sideshow and its performers. Learn what's real, what's fake, and what's just downright bizarre. You've probably heard of Tom Thumb. The Elephant Man. Perhaps even Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins. But what about Eli Bowen, the legless acrobat? Or Prince Randian, the human torso? These were just a few of the many stars that shone during the heyday of the American sideshow, from 1840 to 1950. American Sideshow chronicles the lives of truly amazing performers, examining these brave and extraordinary curiosities not just as sideshow performers but as people, delving into the lives they led and the ways they were able to triumph over and even benefit from their abnormalities. American Sideshow discusses the rise and fall of the original sideshows and their subsequent replacement by today's self-made freaks. With the progress of modern medicine, technological advancements, and the wonderful world of body modification, abnormalities are being overcome, treated and even prevented: Siamese twins can now be separated, and in addition to this, tongues can be forked, horns surgically implanted, and earlobes removed. There are also, of course, modern-day giants, fire eaters, sword swallowers, glass eaters, human blockheads, and oh, so much more. These fascinating personalities are celebrated through intimate biographies paired with stunning photographs. Approximately two hundred performers from the past one hundred and sixty years are featured, giving readers a comprehensive and sometimes astonishing look into the history of the American sideshow
Category: Performing Arts

Russian Sideshow

Author : Robert L. Willett
ISBN : 9781597974745
Genre : Soviet Union
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The doughboys' view of America's little-known and ill-fated military campaigns agains the Bolsheviks
Category: Soviet Union

An American Prayer Book

Author : Christopher L. Webber
ISBN : 9780819223326
Genre : Religion
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This well-researched anthology looks at American history through the prayers its people have offered over the past two-and-a-half centuries. Prayers are drawn from a wide variety of faiths, including Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Sections include: Prayers for America: for an Election, for the Government, in Times of War or Crisis, for Repentance and Renewal, for Peace, Thanksgivings and Litanies Prayers for national occasions: Inauguration Day, Presidential birthdays, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, and others Prayers from American history: Prayers said on historic occasions such as Washington’s funeral, the American Revolution, the death of George Washington, the slave trade and abolition, the Civil War, the death of Abraham Lincoln, the Industrial Revolution, the Spanish-American War, the First World War, the Second World War, the Clinton impeachment crisis, the 9/11 attack, and more.
Category: Religion

The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

Author : Gerald L. Smith
ISBN : 9780813160672
Genre : Reference
File Size : 72.76 MB
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The story of African Americans in Kentucky is as diverse and vibrant as the state's general history. The work of more than 150 writers, The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia is an essential guide to the black experience in the Commonwealth. The encyclopedia includes biographical sketches of politicians and community leaders as well as pioneers in art, science, and industry. Kentucky's impact on the national scene is registered in an array of notable figures, such as writers William Wells Brown and bell hooks, reformers Bessie Lucas Allen and Shelby Lanier Jr., sports icons Muhammad Ali and Isaac Murphy, civil rights leaders Whitney Young Jr. and Georgia Powers, and entertainers Ernest Hogan, Helen Humes, and the Nappy Roots. Featuring entries on the individuals, events, places, organizations, movements, and institutions that have shaped the state's history since its origins, the volume also includes topical essays on the civil rights movement, Eastern Kentucky coalfields, business, education, and women. For researchers, students, and all who cherish local history, The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia is an indispensable reference that highlights the diversity of the state's culture and history.
Category: Reference

The Best American Series 2017

Author : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN : 9781328512710
Genre : Literary Collections
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The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. This special edition contains selections from the following 2017 editions: The Best American Short Stories edited by Meg Wolitzer The Best American Essays edited by Leslie Jamison The Best American Mystery Stories edited by John Sandford The Best American Nonrequired Reading edited by Sarah Vowell The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Charles Yu The Best American Travel Writing edited by Lauren Collins The Best American Science and Nature Writing edited by Hope Jahren The Best American Sports Writing edited by Howard Bryant Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. The special guest editor then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected – and most popular – of its kind.
Category: Literary Collections

Sideshow U S A

Author : Rachel Adams
ISBN : 0226005399
Genre : History
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Adams's study concludes with a revealing look at the revival of the freak show as live performance in the late 1980s and the 1990s. Celebrated by some, the freak show's recent return is less welcome to those who have traditionally been its victims. At the beginning of a new century, Adams sees it as a form of living history, a testament to the vibrancy and inventiveness of American popular culture, as well as its capacity for cruelty and injustice.
Category: History

Olympians Of The Sawdust Circle

Author : William L. Slout
ISBN : 9780809513109
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The culmination of more than thirty years of research, Olympians of the Sawdust Circle is an attempt to identify every major and minor player in the American circus world of the nineteenth century. This A-Z guide lists: surname, given name, dates of birth and death (if known), type of entertainment (and function) with which the individual was associated, and the companies and dates by whom the person was employed. Every researcher and library interested in American circus history will need this seminal guide. An absolutely astonishing piece of scholarship.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The American Mercury

Author : Henry Louis Mencken
ISBN : IND:32000000478315
Genre : Periodicals
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Category: Periodicals

The American Mercury

Author : George Jean Nathan
ISBN : STANFORD:36105012081639
Genre : History, Modern
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Category: History, Modern

Religion And Sexuality

Author : Lawrence Foster
ISBN : 0252011198
Genre : Political Science
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Category: Political Science