Irishman Roger Casement was devoted to improving the lot of the oppressed. As a British public servant he exposed cruel and exploitative treatment of the indigenous peoples of Africa and South America, for which service he was knighted. He laterMoreIrishman Roger Casement was devoted to improving the lot of the oppressed. As a British public servant he exposed cruel and exploitative treatment of the indigenous peoples of Africa and South America, for which service he was knighted.
He later joined the rebel movement fighting for the independence of Ireland, for which the British government tried and executed him. Casements black diaries--personal records that revealed that he was gay--were discovered and shown to selected individuals but never introduced during his trial.
They were subsequently withheld from public inspection, which gave rise to decades of speculation over their authenticity. The debate continued even after their publication, but forensic analysts have been able to attest that they are genuine. Casement was immediately taken to London and tried for treason. He was convicted, stripped of his knighthood, and condemned to death on June 29.
After his sentencing he gave an impassioned statement before the court, asserting Irelands right to freedom and his right to be tried in an Irish rather than English court. Casements appeal of the verdict was dismissed, and he was hanged on August 3. On the eve of this execution he was baptized into the Catholic Church. This volume of papers was presented in a conference at the Royal Irish Academy, examining Casements career from his work in the Congo and South America to the London parliamentary scene of Whitehall. This comprehensive book also examines the famous Casement diaries as well as Casements subsequent trial for treason.
An appendix is included which reproduces the forensic report confirming the authenticity of the Casement diaries.