[Epub] Freak Show By Robert Bogdan – Metalstampedmemories.info

Freak Show From 1840 Until 1940, Freak Shows By The Hundreds Crisscrossed The United States, From The Smallest Towns To The Largest Cities, Exhibiting Their Casts Of Dwarfs, Giants, Siamese Twins, Bearded Ladies, Savages, Snake Charmers, Fire Eaters, And Other Oddities By Today S Standards Such Displays Would Be Considered Cruel And Exploitative The Pornography Of Disability Yet For One Hundred Years The Freak Show Was Widely Accepted As One Of America S Most Popular Forms Of Entertainment.Robert Bogdan S Fascinating Social History Brings To Life The World Of The Freak Show And Explores The Culture That Nurtured And, Later, Abandoned It In Uncovering This Neglected Chapter Of Show Business, He Describes In Detail The Flimflam Artistry Behind The Shows, The Promoters And The Audiences, And The Gradual Evolution Of Public Opinion From Awe To Embarrassment Freaks Were Not Born, Bogdan Reveals They Were Manufactured By The Amusement World, Usually With The Active Participation Of The Freaks Themselves Many Of The Human Curiosities Found Fame And Fortune, Becoming The Celebrities Of Their Time, Until The Ascent Of Professional Medicine Transformed Them From Marvels Into Pathological Specimans.


10 thoughts on “Freak Show

  1. says:

    Freak Show Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit by Robert Bogdon University of Chicago Press 1988 791.1 Author Robert Bogdon paints a vivid portrait of life inside the travelling shows that exhibited malformed humans The fat lady, the sword swallower, t


  2. says:

    I really liked this book because of the extensive research that was done to make the reader knowledgeable about the topic at hand While Mr Bogdan breaks it up into categories that can be followed if read the right way, I feel that he should ve just broken it up intomanageable


  3. says:

    As freaks sat on the platform, most looked down on the audience with contempt not because they felt angry at being gawked at or being called freaks, but simply because the amusement world looked down on rubes in general Their contempt was that of insiders toward the uninitiated For thos


  4. says:

    Really interesting perspective of the history of the Freak Show Exploitation vs Opportunities Travel Financial Stability Family Mentality It s definitely a niche topic, but I am very glad I picked it up.


  5. says:

    Robert Bogdan is a Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education and Sociology and the Director of the Social Science Doctoral Program for the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies at Syracuse University His book, Freak Show Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit, looks at the hi


  6. says:

    For being one of the first researchers to investigate this topic, Bogdan s work is a necessary starting point when you want to learnabout the history of Freak Shows I didn t entirely agree with his assessment that Freak Shows were largely beneficial and not exploitative to performers, and I found his eventual use of


  7. says:

    This was an excellent read, researched thoroughly and in depth I like how the author was objective and allowed us to cast our own judgments I m sure for those who felt truly exploited by showing themselves there were just as many orwho felt it was a decent way t...


  8. says:

    Well researched insight into the oddities that defied normalcy from 1800s to about 1950s The rich treasure of folks on the tail ends of the bell curve are chronicled in this history of little people, the ta...


  9. says:

    This book is interesting in so much as some of the facts history he presents is fascinating What caused me to rate it a three and not higher is that there is an overall tone of disdain in his writing even to the point that you can see him actively trying to cover it up


  10. says:

    This is very well researched, and written I am skeptical, however, of the conclusions he draws in the end, but if you are looking for an educated historical account of the freakshow, I would recommend.


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