“the devil and mr casement” – talk by jordan goodman, 23/01/2010

Author and Historian Jordan Goodman speaks on “The Devil and Mr Casement: A Crime Against Humanity”

Saturday 23rd January 2010 at 2pm Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont St, London WC1 (Near Russell Square Tube).

In September 1910, Roger Casement arrived in the Amazon to investigate reports of widespread human rights abuses committed by a British registered company in the vast forests stretching along the Putumayo River. There, the Peruvian entrepreneur Julio César Arana ran an area the size of Belgium as his own private fiefdom, operating a systematic programme of torture, exploitation and mass murder against his employees.

Casement sought to expose the international collaboration that allowed these appalling atrocities to take place, tracing links all the way to the heart of the City of London and Stock Exchange.

Jordan Goodman, former honorary research fellow at the Wellcome Trust, will describe this courageous expose of British imperialism by the future Irish revolutionary Roger Casement.

The talk will be followed by discussion. All welcome. The meeting is supported by Verso, the publishers of Jordan Goodman’s new book, “The Devil and Mr Casement”


2 Responses to ““the devil and mr casement” – talk by jordan goodman, 23/01/2010”

  1. 9 January 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I wonder if Jordan Goodman is aware of H. G. Wells’s piece on Roger Casement and Putumayo in Wells’s ‘The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind’ (1931, USA/1932, UK). Wells writes about the treatment of the Putumayo indentured labourers as part of a discussion on free labour, and instances where wage-labour can be as bad or worse as slave-labour.

  2. 10 January 2010 at 4:59 pm

    The book does deal with the labour conditions in depth. I cannot recall if Wells is cited though.

    Just to point out, Jordan Goodman is Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London.

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