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Spectacle - The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga

Pamela Newkirk

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bahni Turpin

Length:

9h 40m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:51


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:56


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:54


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:41


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:07


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:05


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:26


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:16


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:24


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:49


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:57


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:42


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:26


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:33


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:45


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:00


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:20


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:21


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:46


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:53


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:32


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:23


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:03


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:04


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:54


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:32


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:15


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:03


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:09


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:36


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:37


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:24


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:19


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:50


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:34


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:10


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:13


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:03


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:19


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:21


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:41


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:21


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:44


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:21


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:15


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:10


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:59


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:43


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:27


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:58


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:22


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:03


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:47


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:49


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:24


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:40


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:13


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

00:41