Roger Casement's Diaries -- 1910: The Black & The White

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Born in Ireland in 1864 Roger Casement acted as British Consul in various parts of Africa (1895-1904) and Brazil(1906-11) where he denounced atrocities among Congolese and Putumayo rubber workers. knighted in 1911, He returned to Ireland, where as an ardent nationalist he attempted to enlist German help for the cause. He was hanged for high treason in London in 1916. A compulsive diary writer, his so-called 'Black' Diaries were finally released into the public domain in 1994. At the time of his trial, these diaries-detailing his promiscuous homosexual activities in Brazil-were used to condemn him and, subsequently, to poison his reputation. Published here for the first time-as are his more public 'White' Diaries of the same year-they not only offer the reader the opportunity to judge their authenticity-still a matter of heated debate-but they also take us deep into the mind of the bravest, most selfless and practical humanitarian of the Edwardian age.

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Roger Sawyer was educated at Wycliffe College, the University of Wales, and the University of Southampton. He was awarded the T.G James Prize in Education and subsequently embarked on a school-mastering career. After a housemastership at The Blue Coat School, Edgbaston, he became Deputy Head, then Headmaster, of Bembridge Preparatory School. He presented his doctoral thesis entitled 'Origins and career of Roger Casement with particular reference to the development of his interest in the rights of dependent ethnic groups' in 1979. He took early retirement in 1983 and has since concentrated on writing. His books include Casement: The Flawed Hero (1984), Slavery in the Twentieth Century (1986), Children Enslaved (1988) and We are but Women: Women in Ireland's History (1993). In 1985 he received the Airey Neave Award for Research into Freedom under National Laws. He is a member of the Council of Anti-Slavery International.

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The controversy over the authenticity of Sir Roger Casement's so-called "Black Diaries," which chronicled various of his homosexual activities during the early years of this century, seems never-ending. Their existence became known during his trial in 1916. Sawyer nicely lays out the history of the diaries and his reasons for rejecting the conspiracy theories that surround them. He also provides a capsule biography of Casement, a chronology of his career, and a brief guide for further reading. A welcome additon to the voluminous literature on casement. -- G. Owens, Choice April, 1999

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