The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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In 1904, Ota Benga, a young Congolese 'pygmy' - a person of petite stature - arrived from central Africa and was featured in an anthropology exhibit at the St. Louis World's Fair. Two years later, the New York Zoological Gardens displayed him in its Monkey House, caging the slight 103-pound, 4-foot 11-inch tall 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 American life. It also reveals why, decades later, the man most responsible for his exploitation would be hailed as his friend and savior, while those who truly fought for Ota have been banished to the shadows of history.
Publisher: [United States] :, Dreamscape Media :, Made available through hoopla,, 2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781681410630
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 39 min.)) :,digital.
data file, rda
digital, Digital recording, rda
Additional Contributors: Turpin, Bahni
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)


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