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The devil and Mr. Casement : one man's battle for human rights in South America's heart of darkness

Author: Jordan Goodman
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"In September 1910, the activist Roger Casement arrived in the Amazon jungle on a mission for the British government: to investigate reports of widespread human rights abuses in the forests along the Putumayo River. Accusations against the Peruvian rubber baron Julio César Arana had been making their way back to London, and the rumors were on everybody's lips: Arana was enslaving, torturing, and murdering the local  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Roger Casement
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jordan Goodman
ISBN: 9780374138400 0374138400 9780312680589 0312680589
OCLC Number: 428823344
Notes: "Originally published, in slightly different form, in 2009 by Verso Books, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Description: viii, 322 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: La selva comes to London --
Across the Andes --
Iquitos and rubber --
Arana's world --
Saldaña Rocca's world --
Over to the Foreign Office --
An officer and a gentleman --
Our man in the Putumayo --
Eyes of another race --
The uttermost parts of the Earth --
La Chorrera --
Godforsaken hell-haunted wilds --
A system of armed extortion --
Deus ex machina --
The veil over the Putumayo mystery --
Publish and be damned --
An international scandal --
The old gang --
The canon and the board --
La selva returns to Parliament --
The Peruvian, the American, and the Select Committee --
The devil and Mr. Casement --
Epilogue : a crime against humanity --
Dramatis personae and chronology.
Responsibility: Jordan Goodman.
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"In September 1910, the activist Roger Casement arrived in the Amazon jungle on a mission for the British government: to investigate reports of widespread human rights abuses in the forests along the Putumayo River. Accusations against the Peruvian rubber baron Julio César Arana had been making their way back to London, and the rumors were on everybody's lips: Arana was enslaving, torturing, and murdering the local Indians. Arana's Peruvian Amazon Company, with its headquarters in London's financial heart, was responsible. Casement was outraged by what he uncovered: nearly thirty thousand Indians had died to produce four thousand tons of rubber. When Casement's seven-hundred-page report of the Putumayo violence was published in London in 1912, it set off reverberations throughout the world. People were appalled that murderous acts were being carried out in the name of profit, all under the cloak of British respectability and fairness. The Peruvian Amazon Company was forced into liquidation, and its board of directors, including an aristocrat with ties to the royal family, was publicly shamed."--Jacket.

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