A presentation on the novel by Adam Hochschild<br />King Leopold’s Ghost<br />
Who was King Leopold II?<br />Belgian king<br />Selfish and greedy<br />Wealthy<br />Owned the Congo free state from 1885-...
Who was Henry Morton Stanley?<br /><ul><li>Claimed to be an American explorer/journalist, actually European
First to explore all of Africa, from east to west
First to visit the Congo
Hired by King Leopold to visit Congo and build roads/infrastructure</li></li></ul><li>Wanted to bring civilization to Cong...
What did Leopold actually do?<br /><ul><li>Stole tons of ivory, gold, and rubber
Acquired items through slave labor industries
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King leopold's ghost

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  • 1. A presentation on the novel by Adam Hochschild<br />King Leopold’s Ghost<br />
  • 2. Who was King Leopold II?<br />Belgian king<br />Selfish and greedy<br />Wealthy<br />Owned the Congo free state from 1885-1908<br />Formed the International African Association and the International Association of the Congo to establish himself as a philanthropist and humanitarian<br />
  • 3. Who was Henry Morton Stanley?<br /><ul><li>Claimed to be an American explorer/journalist, actually European
  • 4. First to explore all of Africa, from east to west
  • 5. First to visit the Congo
  • 6. Hired by King Leopold to visit Congo and build roads/infrastructure</li></li></ul><li>Wanted to bring civilization to Congo region<br />Christianity<br />Infrastructure<br />Technology<br />Establish a strong society in the region<br />Protecting people of Congo from Arab-slave traders<br />What did Leopold claim?<br />
  • 7. What did Leopold actually do?<br /><ul><li>Stole tons of ivory, gold, and rubber
  • 8. Acquired items through slave labor industries
  • 9. Physically abused the people of the Congo through imprisonment, slavery, torture, and fear
  • 10. Through his terror-stricken rule, around 10 million Africans were killed</li></li></ul><li>Other effects of his colonization<br />Disease from Europe brought to the Congo<br />Famine spread as his army destroyed villages and stole food from village<br />Wives and children of men who did not complete their work were brutally taken hostage by Leopold’s soldiers<br />“rubber terror” defines the many human rights abuses that were violated during Leopold’s reign of the Congo region<br />
  • 11. What happened next?<br /><ul><li>Few discovered Leopold’s massive genocide and publicized it
  • 12. Edmund Dene Morel: a British shipping-company employee noticed the massive amount of goods arriving into Europe from the Congo but the lack of goods being brought to the Congo
  • 13. George Washington Williams: an African American journalist who publicized the torture and crimes being committed through an open letter to King Leopold</li></li></ul><li>The end of Leopold’s reign<br />Many began to question Leopold’s intentions, and so due to international pressure, he gave up his rule to the Belgian government in 1908<br />Tried to burn all remaining documents of his crimes<br />Meanwhile, the Congo area recovered slightly, however, Leopold’s reign had a devastating effect on the population and development of the region<br />

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