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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 Ce;sar 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.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Putumayo River Valley -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Peru -- History -- 20th century.
Casement, Roger, -- Sir, -- 1864-1916.
Human rights -- Putumayo River Valley -- History -- 20th century.
Indians of South America -- Violence against -- Putumayo River Valley -- History -- 20th century.
Rubber industry workers -- Putumayo River Valley -- History -- 20th century.
Atrocities -- Putumayo River Valley -- History -- 20th century.
Peruvian Amazon Company -- History.
Imperialism -- Social aspects -- Putumayo River Valley -- History -- 20th century.
Consuls -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Irish -- Great Britain -- Biography.