Episode #33 – Who Was The Prince of Humbugs? (Part II)

P.T Barnum did everything he could to curate his own historical legacy. He was deeply concerned with how people would remember him after he was gone. Would he go down as a greasy hustler, or would he be celebrated as a great entertainer? Since that time historians have debated Barnum’s legacy as a hoaxster and manipulator of the media. Were Barnum’s “humbugs” just good fun, or was he too quick to dispense with morality in order to make a buck. Tune in and find out how fish-monkeys, a woolly horse, and the town of St. Thomas, Ontario all play a role in the story.

Works Cited

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Barnum, P. T. The Humbugs of the World. Detroit: Singing Tree, 1970. Print.

Bogdan, Robert. Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit. Chicago: U of Chicago, 1988. Print.

Fleming, Candace, and Ray Fenwick. The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum. New York: Schwartz & Wade, 2009. Print.

Gourley, Catherine. Media Wizards: A Behind-the-scene Look at Media Manipulations. Brookfield, CT: Twenty-First Century, 1999. Print.

Kunhardt, Philip B., and Peter W. Kunhardt. P.T. Barnum: America’s Greatest Showman. New York: Knopf, 1995. Print.

Levi, Steven C. “P. T. Barnum and the Feejee Mermaid.” Western Folklore 36.2 (1977): 149. Web.

Reiss, Benjamin. The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2001. Print.

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