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  • The Lives of Chang and Eng: Siam’s Twins in Nineteenth-Century America | Joseph Andrew Orser

    The Lives of Chang and Eng: Siam’s Twins in Nineteenth-Century America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Joseph Andrew Orser
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    Connected at the chest by a band of flesh, Chang and Eng Bunker toured the United States and the world from the 1820s to the 1870s, placing themselves and their extraordinary bodies on exhibit as "freaks of nature". More famously known as the Siamese twins, they eventually settled in rural North Carolina, married two white sisters, became slave owners, and fathered 21 children between them. More than a biography of the twins, this is a study of 19th-century American culture and society that reveals how Americans projected onto the twins their own hopes and fears.

    Joy says: "Boring boring"
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