Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title

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pp. 4-4

Copyright

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pp. 5-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Series Editor's Preface

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pp. ix-11

This long-awaited book comes as a celebration of the gift that Carrie Allen McCray was to so many people. Ota Benga under My Mother’s Roof is a project that occupied fully the last years of her long life, and on her passing, admirers and friends rallied together to ensure that this book could be shared with so many people. ...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiii

This narrative poem is a tribute to Ota Benga, a strong yet gentle man from the deep Congo Forest. Ota was brought over here to America, first in 1904, and again in 1906 by Samuel Phillips Verner, a Presbyterian minister who served as a missionary to the Congo. This was during the frenzied time of ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xviii

I must first acknowledge my brother Hunter Hayes for sharing his stories of Ota. I could not have written these poems without him. ...

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Introduction

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pp. xix-xxv

Ota Benga had been living with Carrie’s family for nearly three years before she was born in 1913. Her parents were respected members of the Lynchburg community so their offer to take Ota into their home in 1910 was no surprise. In fact her mother and her mother’s first husband had made the same offer earlier, in 1906. ...

Night

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pp. 1-2

Life in the Congo Forest

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pp. 3-32

Fathers

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pp. 4-5

Storm Warning

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pp. 6-35

Dichotomy

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pp. 7-36

Where Are the Hands?

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pp. 8-37

The Girls in Ota's Forest

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pp. 9-38

Ota's Courtship and Marriage

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pp. 10-39

Kafi

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pp. 11-40

Trail of the Mazungus

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pp. 12-41

The Birth of Anthropology

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pp. 13-14

Blues Man Answers

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pp. 15-44

Hunters of Men

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pp. 16-17

Strings I

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pp. 18-47

Ota Crossing Big Watah

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pp. 19-48

New Orleans

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pp. 20-49

1904 St. Louis World's Fair

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pp. 21-50

The Anthropology Exhibit

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pp. 22-24

Back Home

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pp. 25-26

Measuring

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pp. 27-56

The Real Measure of Man

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pp. 28-29

On the Way to New York

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pp. 30-59

Strings II

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pp. 31-60

South Winds: The Pennsylvania Train

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pp. 32-61

The Jim Crow Car

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pp. 33-62

Virginia: The House on Durmid Hill

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pp. 34-35

The Children's Virginia

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pp. 36-37

Ota's Virginia

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pp. 38-39

Loss

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pp. 40-41

Return to the Orphanage

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pp. 42-71

Return to the Southland

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pp. 43-72

Like a Wind

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pp. 44-45

Ota in Woods with Boys

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pp. 46-47

Forest Man

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pp. 48-49

Into the Woods Alone

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pp. 50-51

Fire Dance

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pp. 52-53

In the Dark of Night

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pp. 54-55

Lamentations

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pp. 56-85

Evening Song

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pp. 57-88