E Pluribus Barnum: The Great Showman and the Making of U.S. Popular Culture Bluford Adams

ISBN: 9780816626304

Published: April 1st 1997

Hardcover

249 pages


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E Pluribus Barnum: The Great Showman and the Making of U.S. Popular Culture  by  Bluford Adams

E Pluribus Barnum: The Great Showman and the Making of U.S. Popular Culture by Bluford Adams
April 1st 1997 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 249 pages | ISBN: 9780816626304 | 9.13 Mb

The first book to consider the career of P. T. Barnum from a cultural studies perspective.Phineas Taylor Barnum lived from 1810 until 1891, and in the eighty-one years of his life he created show business as we know it. In E Pluribus Barnum, BlufordMoreThe first book to consider the career of P. T. Barnum from a cultural studies perspective.Phineas Taylor Barnum lived from 1810 until 1891, and in the eighty-one years of his life he created show business as we know it. In E Pluribus Barnum, Bluford Adams investigates the influence Barnum had on American popular culture of the nineteenth century, and expands our understanding of the ways he continues to influence us today.Beginning with a discussion of Barnums early shows, Adams demonstrates the dynamic interplay between Barnums increasingly respectable aspirations for his entertainments and his active cultivation of middle-class sensibilities in his audiences.

In his discussion of the 1850-51 concert tour of the Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind, Adams explores the role played by womens rights and class issues in Barnums management of these concerts. Barnums American Museum and the moral dramas presented in its theater are examined, as well as the later circuses.Adams relates the rise of Barnum to the emergence of a new U.S. society, one riven by conflicts over slavery, feminism, immigration, and capitalism, and considers his career as a crucial moment in the on-going struggle over the politics of U.S.

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