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The Resource Spectacle : the astonishing life of Ota Benga, Pamela Newkirk

Spectacle : the astonishing life of Ota Benga, Pamela Newkirk

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Spectacle : the astonishing life of Ota Benga
Title
Spectacle
Title remainder
the astonishing life of Ota Benga
Statement of responsibility
Pamela Newkirk
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An award-winning journalist reveals a little-known and shameful episode in American history, when an African man was used as a zoo exhibit0́4a shocking story of racial prejudice, science, and tragedy in the early years of the twentieth century.Ota Benga, a young Congolese man, was featured as an exhibit at the St. Louis World's Fair. Two years later, in 1906, the Bronx Zoo displayed him in its Monkey House, caging the slight 103-pound, four-foot eleven-inch man with an orangutan. The attraction became an international sensation, drawing thousands of New Yorkers and commanding headlines from across the nation and Europe.Spectacle explores the circumstances of Ota Benga's captivity, the international controversy it inspired, and his efforts to adjust to his life in America. It also uncovers, decades later, the flagrant deception that allowed the man most responsible for Ota's exploitation to be hailed as his friend and savior, while those who truly fought for Ota's freedom have been banished to the shadows of history. Using primary historical documents, Pam-ela Newkirk traces Ota's tragic path, from Africa to St. Louis to New York and finally to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he lived out the remainder of his short life.Illuminating this unfathomable series of events, Spectacle simultaneously charts the evolution of science, elite men and institutions, and racial ideologies. It also explores New York City during the early years of the twentieth century, a racially fraught era that led to a rising tide of political disenfranchisement and social scorn for African Americans. Shocking and compelling, Spectacle is a masterful work of social history that raises difficult questions about racial prejudice and discrimination that continue to haunt us today
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
TEFOD
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Newkirk, Pamela
Dewey number
  • 967.51/02/092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
DT650.P94
LC item number
B72 2015eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Benga, Ota
  • Benga, Ota
  • Pygmies
  • Pygmies
  • Pygmies
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • United States
Label
Spectacle : the astonishing life of Ota Benga, Pamela Newkirk
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online resource
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780062201010
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
554496D4-D222-428A-9FE3-02E47A0CF5AF
System control number
  • 2088513
  • (OCoLC)907677111
  • (OCoLC)ocn907677111
  • 2088513
Label
Spectacle : the astonishing life of Ota Benga, Pamela Newkirk
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780062201010
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
554496D4-D222-428A-9FE3-02E47A0CF5AF
System control number
  • 2088513
  • (OCoLC)907677111
  • (OCoLC)ocn907677111
  • 2088513

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