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Devil and Mr. Casement

One Man's Battle for Human Rights in South America's Heart of Darkness

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The Devil and Mr. Casement: One Man's Battle for Human Rights in South America's Heart of Darkness by Jordan Goodman (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College Lon
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THE STORY OF AN IMPERIAL TRAGEDY THAT SENT SHOCKWAVES AROUND THE WORLD In September 1910, the activist Roger Casement arrived in the Amazon jungle on a mission for the British government: to investigate reports of widespread human-rights abuses in the forests along the Putumayo River. Accusations against the Peruvian rubber baron Julio Cesar Arana had been making their way back to London, and the rumors were on everybody's lips: Arana was enslaving, torturing, and murdering the local Indians. Arana's Peruvian Amazon Company, with its headquarters in London's financial heart, was responsible. Casement was outraged by what he uncovered: nearly 30,000 Indians had died to produce 4,000 tons of rubber. When Casement's 700-page report of the violence was published in London in 1912, it set off reverberations throughout the world. People were appalled that murderous acts were being carried out under the cloak of British respectability. The Peruvian Amazon Company was forced into liquidation, and its board of directors was publicly shamed. From the Amazonian rain forests to the streets of London and Washington, D.C., Jordan Goodman recounts a tragedy whose exposure in 1912 drew back the curtain on exploitation and the wholesale abuse of human rights. Drawing on a wealth of original research, "The Devil and Mr. Casement "is a haunting story of modern capitalism with enormous contemporary political resonance.
Release date Australia
February 16th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
black & white illustrations, maps
Imprint
Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages
322
Dimensions
167x235x29
ISBN-13
9780374138400
Product ID
3774692

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