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Learning Exercise: The Circus in late 19th Century American History

Title:
The Circus in late 19th Century American History
Material:
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.

Info

Submitted by:
William Paquette
Date Last Modified:
June 22, 2008

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.

Categories

Audience

  • College General Ed
  • College Lower Division
  • High School

Topics

United States Cultural History

Requirements

None.

Learning Objectives

To acquaint students with an important cultural icon of 19th century American life.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental Activity
  • Unsupervised

Assessment

Paper.

Technical Notes

Software will have to be downloaded in order to view the film. The film is not required to complete the assignment.