Behemoth: The History of the Elephant in America by Ronald B. Tobias


By Ronald B. Tobias

If the country's authentic mascot is an eagle, then its unofficial mascot is the elephant. whereas the eagle soars above the top of the kingdom from a dispassionate distance, the elephant stands along with his toes at the flooring with least difficult of wretches and the main robust of guys. the 1st elephant arrived aboard send slightly 20 years after the signing of the announcement of Independence. He toured the previous colonies walking from Maine to Georgia, showing in entrance of a barn or a tavern, hidden via a canvas curtain, the place humans flocked to work out him, paying the admission cost in funds, rum, or potatoes. Then they went domestic and informed their acquaintances and pals, i've got obvious the elephant. seeing that then, the elephant has turn into an exceptional image within the American mind's eye and a huge determine in our pop culture. because the variety of elephants grew within the early 1800s, they ventured onto the frontier, and traveled to each nation, territory, and ownership within the Union. They labored clearing the land via pulling stumps, laid ties for brand spanking new railroads, and hauled shipment in shipyards. In 1849, an elephant crossed the Rockies looking for gold in California. The elephant turned an emblem of the horrors of the battlefield through the Civil struggle, and the emancipation of slaves grew to become Lincoln's elephant. simply whilst pleasure over the elephant started to wane, P.T. Barnum began to contain them in his touring caravans towards the flip of the century. quickly, elephants have been appearing Shakespeare and taking part in baseball, profitable over the yank public with their implementing but light demeanour. In 1884, the recognized Jumbo, whose identify lives on in our day-by-day lexicon, kept the Brooklyn Bridge from cave in. Elephants resumed their position in our tradition, from Thomas Edison's well-known electrocution of bad Topsy to the CIA's LSD-dropping Tusko within the Sixties, from D.C.'s political animals to Hollywood's huge stars. In Behemoth, Ronald B. Tobias, a average historian and filmmaker, has written the 1st and simply finished heritage of the elephant in the US. He strains the elephant from its first steps on our shorelines to its indelible footprint on our nationwide tradition, taking pictures our mind's eye and paralleling our personal pleasure and ache. Interspersed all through this vigorous and engaging chronicle are dozens of illustrations, posters, and information articles from the eighteenth century throughout the current, underlining the energy of elephant as a permanent image of the yank adventure.

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