Victorian freak shows

Dr John Woolf explores the extraordinary and complex stories of 19th-century performers such as General Tom Thumb who became stars in the age of PT Barnum

Diminutive circus performer George Sherwood Stratton, better known as General Tom Thumb poses in Highland dress for the appreciation of two young ladies. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

Historian and author Dr John Woolf explores the extraordinary and complex stories of 19th-century performers such as General Tom Thumb, who became stars in the age of PT Barnum and other circus pioneers.

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