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The Lives of Chang and Eng: Siam's Twins in Nineteenth-Century America

Joseph Andrew Orser


Connected at the chest by a band of flesh, conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker toured the United States and the world from the 1820s to the 1870s, exhibiting their extraordinary bodies as “freaks of nature” and “Oriental curiosities.” More famously known as “Siamese twins,” they were born in 1811, eventually settled in rural North Carolina, married two white sisters, became slave owners, and fathered twenty-one children between them before their deaths in 1874. The brothers constantly professed their normality—they spoke English, attended church, became American citizens, and backed the Confe ... More

Keywords: culture, Chang and Eng, Bunker, Siamese twins, North Carolina, Civil War, conjoined twins, America, society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469618302
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Andrew Orser, author
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire