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Topsy : The Startling Story of the Crooked Tailed Elephant, P.t. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison
Publication Date : 7/2/2013
Publisher : Perseus Book Group
Language : eng
ISBN : 9780802194572
Synopsis : "Describes how P.T. Barnum's Topsy the elephant was electrocuted in Coney Island with 6600 volts of alternating current as proof that it was much more dangerous than direct current in an ongoing dispute between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. 25,000 first printing."
File Size : 5.34 MB
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Audience : Scholarly/Undergraduate

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Cruelty to animals was considered entertaining by many people in nineteenth-century America. At a time when...


Stories of animal cruelty and electrical wizardry reveal the ruthlessness of history's "great" men. Topsy, a popular,...

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