Bridge for Sale: Deception in America

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A version of P.T. Barnum’s Fiji Mermaid. It may actually be his… in true Barnum fashion, the origins are unknown.

A version of P.T. Barnum’s Fiji Mermaid. It may actually be his; in true Barnum fashion, the origins are unknown.

In America, you can be anything you want to be. Or anyone. Literally. So on this April Fools edition of BackStory, the History Guys dig into the long story of confidence men and counterfeiters. They discover a time when fake money jump-started the economy, and take a look at the long, strange history of “the truth compelling machine.” And, oh yeah… they try to sell the Brooklyn Bridge.

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