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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

Sideshow U S A

Author : Rachel Adams
ISBN : 0226005399
Genre : History
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A staple of American popular culture during the 19th and early 20th centuries, the freak show seemed to vanish after World War II. This book reveals the image of the freak show, with its combination of the grotesque, horrific and amusing specimens.
Category: History

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
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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

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

Freaks Geeks And Strange Girls

Author : Randy Johnson
ISBN : 086719622X
Genre : Art
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This is a colourful history of the carnival sideshow and its distinctive banner art. With one hundred colour photographs, the book lovingly surveys this now vanished icon of early rural America, counterpointing classic freak show art with contemporary interpretations. Fifty archival black-and-white photos of sideshows provide a historical context for the banner illustrations.
Category: Art

Religion And Sexuality

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

Women In Dada

Author : Naomi Sawelson-Gorse
ISBN : 0262692600
Genre : Art
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This book is the first to make the case that women's changing role in European andAmerican society was critical to Dada. Debates about birth control and suffrage, a declining malepopulation and expanding female workforce, the emergence of the New Woman, and Freudianism wereamong the forces that contributed to the dadaist enterprise.Among the female dadaists discussed arethe German émigré Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven; Berlin dadaist Hannah Höch; expatriate poetand artist Mina Loy; the "Queen of Greenwich Village," Clara Tice; Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap,the lesbian couple who ran the Little Review; and Beatrice Wood, who died in 1998 at the age of 105.The book also addresses issues of colonialist racism, cross-dressing and dandyism, and the genderingof the machine.
Category: Art

Secrets Of The Sideshows

Author : Joe Nickell
ISBN : 9780813137377
Genre : Performing Arts
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The carnival sideshows of the past have left behind a fascinating legacy of mystery and intrigue. The secrets behind such daring feats as fire-eating and sword swallowing and bizarre exhibitions of human oddities as "Alligator Boys" and "Gorilla Girls" still remain, only grudgingly if ever given up by performers and carnival professionals. Working alongside the performers, Joe Nickell blows the lid off these mysteries of the midway. The author reveals the structure of the shows, specific methods behind the performances, and the showmen's tactics for recruiting performers and attracting crowds. He also traces the history of such spectacles, from ancient Egyptian magic and street fairs to the golden age of P.T. Barnum's sideshows. With revealing insight into the personal lives of the men and women billed as freaks, Nickell unfolds the captivating story of the midway show.
Category: Performing Arts

One South

Author : John Shelton Reed
ISBN : 0807110388
Genre : History
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“If it can be said that there are many Souths,” wrote W. J. Cash in The Mind of the South, “the fact remains that there is also one South.” In the informal, engaging essays brought together in One South, John Shelton Reed focuses on the South’s strong regional identity and on the persistence, well into the last decades if the twentieth century, of Southern cultural distinctiveness. Reed argues that Southerners are similar in much the same way that members if an ethnic group are similar. He discusses the South’s shared cultural values, ranging from serious examinations of Southern violence and regional identity to considerations of Southern humor, country music, and the emergence of a new Southern middle class—epitomized by the family of former president Jimmy Carter. Reed opens his volume with three essays dealing with the discipline of sociology and its relation to the South. The first essay proposes ways that sociology can contribute to the mainstream of regional studies; the second traces the history of sociological attention to the South in our century; and the this suggests that the sociological way of thinking may be somewhat alien to well-bred Southerners. In the next section, Reed looks at the question of group identity, arguing in one essay, “The Heart of Dixie,” that the South is best defined by locating Southerners, rather than by isolating a particular geographic region. Reed then turns his attention to minority and fringe groups within the South, including, in “Shalom, Y’All,” Southern Jews. A final section looks at some of the particular advantages and disadvantages of life in the New South today. Reed’s explorations into the region’s culture reveal that Southerners are identifiable as a group less by obvious background characteristics—education, occupation, rural or urban residence—than by shared attitudes toward family and community, religious beliefs and practices, and violence and the private use of force: the kind of things that customarily identify ethnic groups. In this way, One South demonstrates how history and the heritage of Southernness have for now triumphed over the disintegrating forces of geography and economics.
Category: History

Ethnographic Archaeologies

Author : Quetzil Castañeda
ISBN : 9781461647690
Genre : Social Science
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Ethnographic Archaeologies examines the role of ethnography in public archaeology, offering fresh insights into theories that advocate the engagement of archaeologists and archaeological investigations with the communities that are being studied.
Category: Social Science

Cuban Sideshow

Author : Ruby Hart Phillips
ISBN : UOM:39015014660958
Genre : Cuba
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Category: Cuba

The Oxford Handbook Of The American Revolution

Author : Edward G. Gray
ISBN : 9780199324033
Genre : History
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The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution draws on a wealth of new scholarship to create a vibrant dialogue among varied approaches to the revolution that made the United States. In thirty-three essays written by authorities on the period, the Handbook brings to life the diverse multitudes of colonial North America and their extraordinary struggles before, during, and after the eight-year-long civil war that secured the independence of thirteen rebel colonies from their erstwhile colonial parent. The chapters explore battles and diplomacy, economics and finance, law and culture, politics and society, gender, race, and religion. Its diverse cast of characters includes ordinary farmers and artisans, free and enslaved African Americans, Indians, and British and American statesmen and military leaders. In addition to expanding the Revolution's who, the Handbook broadens its where, portraying an event that far transcended the boundaries of what was to become the United States. It offers readers an American Revolution whose impact ranged far beyond the thirteen colonies. The Handbook's range of interpretive and methodological approaches captures the full scope of current revolutionary-era scholarship. Its authors, British and American scholars spanning several generations, include social, cultural, military, and imperial historians, as well as those who study politics, diplomacy, literature, gender, and sexuality. Together and separately, these essays demonstrate that the American Revolution remains a vibrant and inviting a subject of inquiry. Nothing comparable has been published in decades.
Category: History

The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium

Author : Mark Dery
ISBN : 9780802196125
Genre : Social Science
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A wide-ranging collection of essays on millennial American culture that “marshals a vast pop vocabulary with easy wit” (The New York Times Book Review). From the far left to the far right, on talk radio and the op-ed page, more and more Americans believe that the social fabric is unraveling. Celebrity worship and media frenzy, suicidal cultists and heavily armed secessionists: modern life seems to have become a “pyrotechnic insanitarium,” Mark Dery says, borrowing a turn-of-the-century name for Coney Island. Dery elucidates the meaning to our madness, deconstructing American culture from mainstream forces like Disney and Nike to fringe phenomena like the Unabomber and alien invaders. Our millennial angst, he argues, is a product of a pervasive cultural anxiety—a combination of the social and economic upheaval wrought by global capitalism and the paranoia fanned by media sensationalism. The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium is a theme-park ride through the extremes of American culture of which The Atlantic Monthly has written, “Mark Dery confirms once again what writers and thinkers as disparate as Nathanael West, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Sigmund Freud, and Oliver Sacks have already shown us: the best place to explore the human condition is at its outer margins, its pathological extremes.” “Dery is the kind of critic who just might give conspiracy theory a good name.” —Wired
Category: Social Science

Bomb Canada

Author : Chantal Allan
ISBN : 9781897425497
Genre : History
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Informative, thought-provoking, and at times hilarious, this book examines how the American media have portrayed Canada, from Confederation to the Obama inauguration.
Category: History

The American Pope

Author : John Cooney
ISBN : STANFORD:36105081567914
Genre : Religion
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This is a biography of "Francis Cardinal Spellman, who was Archbishop of New York from 1939 until his death in 1967."
Category: Religion