Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga
Released! 06/02/2015
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga
by Pamela Newkirk
Hardcover

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 from central Africa and was feature... read more