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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Showman and the slave.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001
|Named Person:||P T Barnum; Joice Heth; Phineas Taylor Barnum|
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|Description:||x, 267 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm|
"In placing together the fragmentary and conflicting evidence of the event, Reiss paints a picture of people looking at history, at the human body, at social class, at slavery, at performance, at death, and always - if obliquely - at themselves. At the same time, he reveals how deeply an obsession with race penetrated different facets of American life, from public memory to private fantasy. Concluding the book is a piece of historical detective work in which Reiss attempts to solve the puzzle of Heth's real identity before she met Barnum. His search yields a tantalizing connection between early mass culture and a slave's subtle mockery of her master."--Jacket.
- Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
- Barnum, P. T. -- (Phineas Taylor), -- 1810-1891.
- Heth, Joice, -- -1836.
- Women slaves -- United States -- Biography.
- Freak shows -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
- Whites -- Race identity -- United States.
- African Americans in popular culture -- History -- 19th century.
- Racism in popular culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
- Death in popular culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
- Northeastern States -- Race relations.
- Populaire cultuur.
- Barnum, Phineas Taylor.