How Freak Shows Worked

Not too long ago, people would pay money to gawk and stare at a performer with a physical disformity. They were called freakshows and they began in large part thanks to P.T. Barnum, whose circus we still enjoy today. Sounds awful, but some of these performers became rich folks as a result. Exploitive? You decide.


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The History of Freak Shows

The Rise and Fall of Circus Freakshows

Topics in this Podcast: Chuck, howstuffworks, josh, pt barnum, exploitation, conjoined twins, SYSK, history, Stuff You Should Know, circus