Title

An Excerpt from Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Southern Spaces

Publication Date

4-4-2018

Publisher

Emory University

Abstract

Born in 1811 on a riverboat in Siam, Chang and Eng, the original Siamese Twins, were brought to America in 1829 for a touring exhibition as freaks. They soon broke free from their enslaving masters and ran the show by themselves. Having made a fortune in a decade, they retired to western North Carolina, bought land, built houses, married two white sisters, and owned slaves. Yunte Huang's new book, Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History, tells the gripping story of how Chang and Eng, an odd pair, beat impossible odds, living their conjoined life with grit and gusto. In this excerpted chapter, "Mount Airy, or Monticello," Huang investigates the history, implications, and contradictions of Chang and Eng's ownership of African American slaves.

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2018 by Yunte Huang

Additional Information

ISBN of Southern Spaces: 15512754

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Huang, Y. (2018). An Excerpt from Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History. Southern Spaces. Retrieved from https://southernspaces.org/2018/excerpt-inseparable-original-siamese-twins-and-their-rendezvous-american-history

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