The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-facts, and Fake News / Kevin Young

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Award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon - the legacy of P.T. Barnum's 'humbug' culminating with the currency of Donald J. Trump's 'fake news'. Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, with race being the most insidious American hoax of all. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like joice heth, a black woman whome he pretended was the 161 year old nursemaid to George Washington, and 'What is It', an African American man Barnum professed was a newly discovered missing link in evolution
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781555977917
Characteristics: 560 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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