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The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements

Woody Register


A generation before Walt Disney, Fred Thompson was the “boy-wonder” of American popular amusements. At the turn of the 20th century, Thompson's entrepreneurial drive made him into an entertainment mogul who helped to define the popular culture of his day. This biography tells Thompson's story and examines the transformation of commerce and entertainment as American society moved into an era of mass marketing and large-scale corporate enterprise. Getting his start as a promoter of carnival shows at world's fairs, Thompson was one of the principal developers of Coney Island, where he created the ... More

Keywords: Fred Thompson, popular amusements, entertainment, mogul, popular culture, commerce, mass marketing, corporate enterprise, promoter, carnival shows

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195167320
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Woody Register, author
Sewanee, The University of the South