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April 2007

Circus in America: 1793-1940
Dont have to run away to join it the classic circuses are right here.
Grade Level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This site traces the history of the circus from 1793 to 1940. It includes background information, a timeline and videos.
This easily navigated site has a top navigation bar as well as a right side bar with links to special sections of the site. QuickTime is required.

Circus in America is a rich resource for learning everything you ever wanted to know about the circus and its impact on popular culture in America. The first circus in America was presented in 1793 by British equestrian John Rickets and the circus has fascinated audiences ever since. This site explores the transition of the circus from a small performer operated show into big business. Visitors to the site can get a comprehensive look at six of the more famous circuses such as P.T. Barnum and Ringling Brothers. Visitors can also peruse a listing of all circuses during this time period. Informative articles about the people, acts, music, marketing, transportation, and venues are available along with pictures, a timeline, and video clips. The book Step Right Up: The Adventures of Circus in America by LaVahn G. Hoh & William H. Rough is available in its entirety as an e-text or for download as a .pdf file.


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