WIN 'American Experience: The Circus' on DVD!
This four-hour mini-series tells the story of one of the most popular and influential forms of entertainment in American history.
Drawing upon a vast and rich visual archive, 'The Circus' follows the rise and fall of the gigantic, traveling tented railroad circus, recounting the era when Circus Day could shut down a town, and circus stars were among the most famous people in the country.
For many Americans, the circus embodied the improbable and the impossible, the exotic and the spectacular.
Through the intertwined stories of several of the most innovative and influential impresarios of the late nineteenth century, this series reveals the circus was a uniquely American entertainment created by a rapidly expanding and industrializing nation; that it embraced and was made possible by Western imperialism; that its history was shaped by a tension between its unconventional entertainments and prevailing standards of respectability; and that its promise for ordinary people was the possibility for personal reinvention.
Drawing upon a vast and richly visual archive and featuring a host of performers, historians and aficionados, 'The Circus' brings to life an era when Circus Day would shut down a town, its stars were among the most famous people in the country, and multitudes of Americans gathered to see the improbable and the impossible, the exotic and the spectacular.
If you would like to win a copy of this quite eye-opening and colorfully wonderous new DVD, just answer this easy question about circus history itself: In 1829, a play called "The ________ of Siam" was performed at the Adelphi in London and later toured the country.
It featured a trained _________ that went by the rather hoity-toity name of Mademoiselle D'Jeck! What was this animal though?!
Send us your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these new DVDs! Just send us an e:mail here before October 1st, 2020 with your answer and the subject title CONTEST: THE CIRCUS DVDs to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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