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

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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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About the Author:

Greg Renoff was born in the Bronx, New York, and grew up in New Jersey. Renoff earned his Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University and is the author of The Big Tent: The Traveling Circus in Georgia, 1820-1930. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife and two daughters.

He enjoys hearing from readers and can be contacted at grenoff at-gmail dot-com.

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A "significant book" which "has much to offer readers who want to understand the tensions that shaped regional southern life and the role live performance played in exacerbating and relieving them."  -American Historical Review

"Compelling . . . [a] fascinating account of the big top's significance." -Journal of Southern Religion.

"In this fine cultural study, Renoff explores the interaction between southern communities and the circus during the heyday of the traveling big top. Those with a general interest in popular culture or a specific interest in circus history will doubtlessly find much to appreciate in Renoff's recounting . . . Yet this work delivers much more, constructing an innovative social, cultural, and economic analysis of a broad spectrum of Georgia's diverse population."  -Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"The Big Tent is first-rate-impressively researched, interpretive, and highly readable. It not only has much to say about the history of the traveling circus in Georgia over a century, but also makes clear how a careful examination of a major form of entertainment can yield insights into a number of significant historical themes, social, economic, and cultural. By approaching his subject thoughtfully and creatively, Gregory Renoff has provided a model of how to study popular culture." -Georgia Historical Quarterly

The Big Tent "is a unique, regional examination of how showmen and Georgians interacted over approximately a century. By focusing generally outside the circus tent, it supplements the internal perspectives on the American circus articulated by Janet L. Davis in The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top (2002)." -North Carolina Historical Review

Although the circus has become, in recent years, an important scholarly subject, few works have approached the circus through a regional lens. This book will make significant contributions to the fields of cultural and social history, American studies, theater history, and business history and will have special appeal to historians of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the South more generally. Circus enthusiasts will also find this work indispensable.

(Janet Davis author of The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top)

Renoff considers the issues of race, class, gender, religion, economics, cultural content, violence and rowdyism, regional identity, local self-interest, and audience behavior as it relates to the traveling circus. A reader comes away from the book with a good sense of the circus experience as seen from a variety of perspectives: those of local audiences, retailers, and government officials on the one hand and circus owners, promoters, and performers on the other hand. The Big Tent is an important contribution to the historiographies of the South, the circus, and American popular culture.

(Steve Goodson author of Highbrows, Hillbillies, and Hellfire: Public Entertainment in Atlanta, 1880–1930)

Superb and revelatory.

(Journal of American History)

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