Spectacle

Spectacle

2016 NAACP Image Award Winner

An award-winning journalist reveals a little-known and shameful episode in American history, when an African man was used as a human zoo exhibit—a shocking story of racial prejudice, science, and tragedy in the early years of the twentieth century in the tradition of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Devil in the White City, and Medical Apartheid.

In 1904, Ota Benga, a young Congolese “pygmy”—a person of petite stature—arrived… (more)

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Editorial reviews (2 reviews)


Newkirk’s dispassionate, powerfully understated writing lets her sorrowful account speak for itself.

This book’s stellar achievement eclipses its flaws. Here is a gripping and painstaking narrative that breaks new ground. Now, after a century, Benga has finally been heard.


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Publisher: Amistad (June 02, 2015)

Language: English


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