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Unformatted text preview: see exotic and sensational exhibits purported to have an educational value. In 1835, he introduced the public to an aged black woman, Joice Heth, who he claimed had been George Washington's nurse. Barnum followed this hoax with the Feejee mermaid, created by sewing together a fish and the upper body of a monkey. The mermaid and other odd displays, along with appearances by the famous twenty-five-inch-tall dwarf, General Tom Thumb, were featured attractions at Barnum's American Museum in New York City (1842). Barnum was also a legitimate theatrical promoter; he brought the noted Swedish singer Jenny Lind to the United States for a concert tour in 1850....
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