The Prince of Humbug: P.T. Barnum

Phineas Taylor Barnum Public Domain via New York Public Library

P.T. Barnum is best known as a circus man, but he spent most of his career running a curiosity museum and staging freak shows. Barnum attracted people to his American Museum through shrewd advertising, or "humbug." He also wasn't afraid of a hoax.

Topics in this Podcast: U.S. history, hoaxes, circuses, sideshows, P.T. Barnum, 19th century, biographies, American history