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The Rise of the American Circus, 1716?1899 [electronic resource].

By: Contributor(s): Material type: Computer fileComputer filePublisher number: 9780786461592Publication details: Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2011.ISBN:
  • 9780786487004
Subject(s): Genre/Form: Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Rise of the American Circus, 1716?1899DDC classification:
  • 791.3097
LOC classification:
  • GV1803 .K67 2011
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Contents:
Cover; Table of Contents; Preface; 1. When the Circus Became a Circus; 2. The Circus Comes to Town; 3. Competition in the Riding School/ Amphitheatre/Circus; 4. The Evolving Circus; 5. Getting Away from the "Circus"; 6. The Circus Comes to America; 7. The Century of the Circus; 8. Equestrian Drama Finds a Home; 9. "In the Rude State of Nature"; 10. The Circus Tent; 11. "Horrible: A Man Devoured by Tigers"; 12. The Era of P. T. Barnum and the "Great Lion Tamer"; 13. Variety, Novelty and Splendor; 14. A Small Field of Competition; 15. "A Regular Out-and-Outer"; 16. "Gulling" the "Dear People"
17. Circuses and Menageries in the Civil War Era18. Everything's Hunkidori; 19. Sawdust and Spangles; 20. "Fully in Keeping with the Present Age"; 21. Privilegers, Flash Folk, Fakirs and Bunco Men; 22. The Original Monster Makers; 23. Canvassing the Landscape; 24. The Allurement of Sawdust and Tights; 25. The State of the Circus; 26. "A Little World in Itself "; Glossary; Chapter Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: To both young and old, the circus remains an icon of American entertainment, a wholesome pastime untouched by the passing years. But the modern circus, with its three rings, ringmaster, animals, and acrobats, is the product of nearly three hundred years of evolution. This intriguing work chronicles the history of the American circus from its roots in England through its importation to America to the end of the nineteenth century. It introduces the early pioneers of the circus, addresses business concerns such as management and training, and discusses the development of the show itself, includi
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Cover; Table of Contents; Preface; 1. When the Circus Became a Circus; 2. The Circus Comes to Town; 3. Competition in the Riding School/ Amphitheatre/Circus; 4. The Evolving Circus; 5. Getting Away from the "Circus"; 6. The Circus Comes to America; 7. The Century of the Circus; 8. Equestrian Drama Finds a Home; 9. "In the Rude State of Nature"; 10. The Circus Tent; 11. "Horrible: A Man Devoured by Tigers"; 12. The Era of P. T. Barnum and the "Great Lion Tamer"; 13. Variety, Novelty and Splendor; 14. A Small Field of Competition; 15. "A Regular Out-and-Outer"; 16. "Gulling" the "Dear People"

17. Circuses and Menageries in the Civil War Era18. Everything's Hunkidori; 19. Sawdust and Spangles; 20. "Fully in Keeping with the Present Age"; 21. Privilegers, Flash Folk, Fakirs and Bunco Men; 22. The Original Monster Makers; 23. Canvassing the Landscape; 24. The Allurement of Sawdust and Tights; 25. The State of the Circus; 26. "A Little World in Itself "; Glossary; Chapter Notes; Bibliography; Index

To both young and old, the circus remains an icon of American entertainment, a wholesome pastime untouched by the passing years. But the modern circus, with its three rings, ringmaster, animals, and acrobats, is the product of nearly three hundred years of evolution. This intriguing work chronicles the history of the American circus from its roots in England through its importation to America to the end of the nineteenth century. It introduces the early pioneers of the circus, addresses business concerns such as management and training, and discusses the development of the show itself, includi