The plot is fast moving. The action balances horror and camp. Freak shows and sideshows had their heyday from around the time of the Civil War to the s. Their stars were able to make a living and find acceptance among their peers.
The Real People & Science Behind ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’
Daisy and Violet Hilton 5 February — early January were English entertainers, who were conjoined twins. They were exhibited in Europe as children, and toured the United States sideshow , vaudeville and American burlesque circuits in the s and s. They were best known for their film appearances in Freaks and Chained for Life. The sisters were born joined by their hips and buttocks; they shared blood circulation and were fused at the pelvis but shared no major organs. A medical account of the birth and a description of the twins was provided for the British Medical Journal by physician, James Augustus Rooth ,  who helped deliver them. He reported that subsequently the Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society considered separation, but unanimously decided against it as it was believed that the operation would certainly lead to the death of one or both of the twins.