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Ringlingville USA: Paperback Edition

Ringlingville USA: Paperback Edition
Ringlingville USA: Paperback Edition
Paperback: $24.95
280 pages, 135 b/w photoes, 3 maps, 8 x 9"
ISBN: 9780870203558

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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Price: $24.95
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By Jerry Apps

The Ringling Brothers began their business under the most modest of circumstances and through hard work, business savvy, and some luck created the largest, most famous circus in the world. They became wealthy men, one 50 cent admission ticket at a time.

"Ringlingville USA" chronicles the brothers' journey from immigrant poverty to enduring glory as the kings of the circus world. The Ringlings and their circus were last studied in depth over four decades ago. Now, for the first time, the brothers' detailed financial records and personal correspondence are available to researchers. Jerry Apps weaves together that information with newspaper accounts, oral histories, colorful anecdotes, and stunning circus ephemera and photos, many never before been published, to illuminate the importance of the Ringlings' accomplishments. He describes how the Ringling Brothers confronted the challenges of taxation, war, economic pressure, changing technology, and personal sorrows to find their place in history. The brothers emerge as complex characters whose ambition, imagination, and pure hucksterism fueled the phenomenon that was the Ringling Brothers' Circus.

Jerry Apps is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of many books on rural history and country life, including Old Farm: A History and Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses. Jerry was born and raised on a small farm in Waushara County, Wisconsin, where he spent countless hours working in the barn, milking and feeding cows, helping to store hay in the haymow, and appreciating the barn’s importance to the life of a farm.