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Spectacle, by Pamela Newkirk (Amistad). In 1906, Ota Benga, a Congolese man, was put on display at the Bronx Zoo as a “pygmy,” often caged and left in the company of an orangutan. Benga had been brought to New York by a missionary and adventurer who claimed (falsely) to have saved him from cannibals; for three weeks, visitors gawked at, and often taunted, the star attraction. Ten years later, having led a lonely and desultory life in America, Benga committed suicide by shooting himself...

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