Topsy: the startling story of the crooked-tailed elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American wizard, Thomas Edison

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In 1903, on Coney Island, an elephant named Topsy was electrocuted, and over the past century, this bizarre, ghoulish execution has reverberated through popular culture with the whiff of urban legend. But it really happened, and many historical forces conspired to bring Topsy, Thomas Edison, and those 6600 volts of alternating current together that day. Tracing them all in Topsy The Startling Story of the Crooked Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison, journalist Michael Daly weaves together a fascinating popular history, the first book on this astonishing tale. At the turn of the century, the circus in America was at its apex with the circuses of P.T. Barnum and Adam Forepaugh (or 4-Paw) competing in a War of the Elephants, with declarations of whose pachyderms were younger, bigger, or more 'sacred'. This brought Topsy to America, fraudulently billed as the first native-born, and caught between the circus disputes and the War of the Currents, in which Edison and George Westinghouse (and Nikola Tesla) battled over alternating versus direct current. Rich in period Americana, and full of circus tidbits and larger than life characters-both human and elephant-Topsy is a touching tale and an entertaining read.
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title Topsy : the startling story of the crooked-tailed elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American wizard, Thomas Edison
title_display Topsy : the startling story of the crooked-tailed elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American wizard, Thomas Edison
title_full Topsy : the startling story of the crooked tailed elephant, p.t. barnum, and the american wizard, Thomas Edison [electronic resource] / Michael Daly, Topsy : the startling story of the crooked-tailed elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American wizard, Thomas Edison / Michael Daly, Topsy : the startling story of the crooked-tailed elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American wizard, Thomas Edison [electronic resource] / Michael Daly
title_short Topsy :
title_sort topsy the startling story of the crooked-tailed elephant, pt barnum, and the american wizard, thomas edison
title_sub the startling story of the crooked-tailed elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American wizard, Thomas Edison
topic Animals Social aspects United States, Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891, Capital punishment United States History, Captive elephants United States, Circus United States History, Circus animals, Circus owners United States Biography, Competition (Psychology), Coney Island (New York, N.Y.) History, Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931, Electricty, Electrocution Experiments, Electrocution United States History, Electronic books, Elephants, Elephants United States, HISTORY / United States / 20th Century, Inventors United States Biography, Luna Park (New York, N.Y.) History, Scientists United States, Topsy (Elephant), United States History 1901-1909, Westinghouse, George, 1846-1914
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