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Product Details

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Millerbooks, LLC (October 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615905641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615905648
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kenneth L. Miller is a native of Michigan and author of "Steele's Amusements, Carnival Life on the Midway" and "The American Traveling Carnival" and an upcoming novel set in 1893 Chicago.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail on March 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very interesting book regarding the start of the traveling
carnival in the USA. It ties in with the book, White City, which
tells of the World's Fair in Chicago during the late 1890's.
This book explains the connection and necessities of
groups of people needing to make a living by talent and flim flamming
others who were desparate for entertainment to take their minds
off their rough lives.
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Format: Paperback
A couple of points. First, this is not a book, but a self-published 27-page pamphlet. (It's listed as a paperback.) Second, the title is misleading because it has very little to do with the American Traveling Carnival. Almost nothing, in fact. A more accurate title should be "1893: The Chicago Worlds Fair." Luckily it was only $3 plus shipping and handling.
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By Danna Blum on September 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Much more than an accounting of the birth of American traveling carnivals, this is a tour of the social, economic, cultural and political landscape that helped shape not only Chicago, but many other major cities for years to come. And a truly fascinating look at the beginnings of an enduring form of American entertainment. I look forward to reading Steele's Amusements.
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