The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America

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Harvard University Press, 2001 - 267 Seiten
Reiss uses P. T. Barnum's Joice Heth hoax to examine the contours of race relations in the antebellum North. Barnum's first exhibit as a showman, Heth was an elderly enslaved woman said to be the 161-year-old former nurse of the infant George Washington. Seizing upon the novelty, the newly emerging commercial press turned her act--and especially her death--into one of the first media spectacles in American history.
 

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The Dark Subject
1
Possession
13
The Celebrated Curiosity
28
Private Acts Public Memories
52
Sacred and Profane
71
Culture Wars
90
Love Automata and India Rubber
106
Spectacle
126
Authenticity and Commodity
143
Exposure and Mastery
159
Erasure
183
A Speculative Biography
211
Notes
227
Index
261
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