American Experience

The Ringling Brothers

Clip: Season 30 | 1m 14s

Sons of poor immigrants in the Midwest, the Ringling Brothers expanded within a decade from a small regional circus to a large traveling circus across the country, and ultimately bought Barnum and Bailey to become the largest circus in history.

Aired: 10/08/18

Rating: NR

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Women in American History

Women lead advancements in science, technology, politics, sports and activism—often fighting against inequity and opposition at every turn. In this collection, explore films, interviews, articles, image galleries and more for an in-depth look at notable female figures in American history.

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