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Spectacle : the astonishing life of Ota Benga

Author: Pamela Newkirk
Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Describes the cruelty and prevalent racial prejudice in early-twentieth-century America that resulted in a Congolese man being featured in an exhibit in the 1904 World's Fair and then displayed in the Monkey House of a New York zoo, "--Amazon.com.
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Genre/Form: Narrative non-fiction
Biographies
History
Bibliografie
Biography
Named Person: Ota Benga; Ota Benga; Ota Benga; Ota Benga
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pamela Newkirk
ISBN: 9780062201003 006220100X
OCLC Number: 890435450
Awards: Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Nonfiction, 2016.
Description: xvi, 297 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Caged. Gardens of wonder ; The Bronx Zoo monkey house ; Crimes of the Congo ; Hornaday's folly ; Benga's brigade ; Fighting City Hall ; Benga speaks ; Backlash ; Nature's fury ; Deliverance --
Part II. Captured. Samuel Phillips Verner ; Luebo Mission ; Kondola, Kassongo, and Verner's African treasures ; The hunt ; Verner's prey ; The St. Louis World's Fair ; Congo field notes ; Leopold's lobby ; Benga's choice ; A museum most unnatural ; Fondless farewell --
Part III. Free. Weeksville refuge ; St. James ; Southern comfort ; Home ; Free ; Homegoing.
Other Titles: Life of Ota Benga
Responsibility: Pamela Newkirk.
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"Describes the cruelty and prevalent racial prejudice in early-twentieth-century America that resulted in a Congolese man being featured in an exhibit in the 1904 World's Fair and then displayed in the Monkey House of a New York zoo, "--Amazon.com.

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"Here is a gripping and painstaking narrative that breaks new ground. Now, after a century, Benga has finally been heard." -- New York Times Book Review "Newkirks account of this shocking and Read more...

 
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