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American Experience; Barnum's Big Top

12/11/1991


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Series
American Experience
Program
Barnum's Big Top
Program Number

412

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

This film chronicles Phineas T. Barnum's transformation of the American circus from a backward, horse-drawn show into a traveling technological spectacle. Using advertisements, stills, journals, and never-before-seen archival film, this documentary paints a portrait of America at the turn of the century.

Duration

00:66:00

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; Barnum's Big Top,” 12/11/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4406207BF1284AB4A06568E0C41D21E8.
MLA: “American Experience; Barnum's Big Top.” 12/11/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4406207BF1284AB4A06568E0C41D21E8>.
APA: American Experience; Barnum's Big Top. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4406207BF1284AB4A06568E0C41D21E8
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