During the 1800s, Phineas Taylor Barnum – better known as “P.T. Barnum” – became famous as “The Great American Showman.” Barnum specialized in displaying odd and intriguing attractions to audiences who were eager to pay to see something out of the ordinary.
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If you read the book "freak love" you will find many times it wasn't "just the way they were born", often women took odd concoctions to turn the fetus into a freak. Sometimes off-handed remarks are the kind that hurt the most.
Oh so P T Barnum putchases a slave woman, exploits her and ZI am assuming that she didn't become wealthy, or even earned any money, because of how you made a point of how the others became wealthy but not her, did the giant Chinese man?
My birthday party is coming up and the theme is The Greatest Showman/circus. I liked the movie okay, and my mom came up with the idea, but my mom wanted me to learn about P. T. Barnum. So I'm watching this to learn I guess.
It’s very easy by today’s standards to see Barnum and the other showmen as the villains.
Look at how much money these people earned (more than I do today), and then work out what their lives would have been without the show.
They weren’t forced into this. They wanted to do this for a living.
Barnum seems to have been a decent kind of chap, in the whole.
You only wreck our kids perception on history it might have been facts but in today's world it's fun and we love the magical movie! Sometimes fact should stay hidden !?!?!? And they better off as actors. Open to comments
In interviews with former "freaks" many speak about what they lost when sideshows stopped using them. As this video shows - they were making a heck of a lot of money. And the circus's were their family. Once being a "freak" was not longer acceptable they ended up isolated and without ways to make a living.
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