The Big Tent: The Traveling Circus in Georgia, 1820-1930

The Big Tent The Traveling Circus in Georgia For many people the circus with its clowns exotic beasts and other colorful iconography is lighthearted entertainment Yet for Greg Renoff and other scholars the circus and its social context als

  • Title: The Big Tent: The Traveling Circus in Georgia, 1820-1930
  • Author: Gregory J. Renoff Greg Renoff
  • ISBN: 9780820328928
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Big Tent: The Traveling Circus in Georgia, 1820-1930

    For many people, the circus, with its clowns, exotic beasts, and other colorful iconography, is lighthearted entertainment Yet for Greg Renoff and other scholars, the circus and its social context also provide a richly suggestive repository of changing attitudes about race, class, religion, and consumerism In the South during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,For many people, the circus, with its clowns, exotic beasts, and other colorful iconography, is lighthearted entertainment Yet for Greg Renoff and other scholars, the circus and its social context also provide a richly suggestive repository of changing attitudes about race, class, religion, and consumerism In the South during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, traveling circuses fostered social spaces where people of all classes and colors could grapple with the region s upheavals.The Big Tent relates the circus experience from the perspectives of its diverse audiences, telling what locals might have seen and done while the show was in town Renoff digs deeper, too He points out, for instance, that the performances of these itinerant outfits in Jim Crow era Georgia allowed boisterous, unrestrained interaction between blacks and whites on show lots and on city streets on Circus Day Renoff also looks at encounters between southerners and the largely northern population of circus owners, promoters, and performers, who were frequently accused of inciting public disorder and purveying lowbrow prurience, in part due to residual anger over the Civil War By recasting itself as a showcase of athleticism, equestrian skill, and God s wondrous animal creations, the circus appeased community leaders, many of whose businesses prospered during circus visits.Ranging across a changing social, cultural, and economic landscape, The Big Tent tells a new history of what happened when the circus came to town, from the time it traveled by wagon and river barge through its heyday during the railroad era and into its initial decline in the age of the automobile and mass consumerism.

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    One thought on “The Big Tent: The Traveling Circus in Georgia, 1820-1930

    1. Danielle Klassen

      There isn't much to say about this one to be honest. It's very informative about circus culture, particularly in the south though it does read a lot like an academic paper. It wasn't bad, mind you. Probably my favorite parts of the book were reading the parts where the author quotes from former circus performers where they talk about their experiences. It certainly wasn't off-putting but the tone and the repetition of specific words throughout the text made it very clear that this is for a schol [...]

    2. Cheryl Klein

      A little more dissertation-y than you want a circus book to be, but this history of traveling circuses in the South is also a history of pop culture in America--for example, the way art and business interact and the way edgy acts gradually become mainstream, for better and worse.

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