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Learning Exercise

Material: The Circus in America: 1793 - 1940
Submitted by: William Paquette on Jun 22, 2008
Date Last Modified: Jun 22, 2008
Title: The Circus in late 19th Century American History
Description: The circus was once a cultural icon of the United States providing an entertainment for both large and small communities. This assignment will focus on how the circus fit into the 19th century culture of the United States and explain its importance to the American people.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 4-5 hours.
Topics: United States Cultural History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To acquaint students with an important cultural icon of 19th century American life.
Technical Notes: Software will have to be downloaded in order to view the film. The film is not required to complete the assignment.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: Read the following sections: Introduction, Circuses: P.T. Barnum, Ringley Brothers, Adam Forepough; Circus Posters, People, Animals, Acts, Music, Communication, Transportation, Venues, and Sounds of the Circus. Write a 5-7 page paper explaining the appeal of the circus to the American People in the 19th century and explain what the appeal of the circus tells us about the emerging American character before World War I.
Assessment: Paper.
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