King Leopold's Ghost Summary

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King’s Leopold’s Ghost was published in September 1998, by Adam Hochschild. Adam was born in 1942 and is a historical writer known for King Leopold's Ghost along with Slaves to Fortune: A Way Forward. I have just read King Leopold’s Ghost and it is approximately 318 pages long, but extends to 376 with notes and works cited. King Leopold’s Ghost, is focused mainly in the Congo of Africa, in the late 1800’s, it is focused around King Leopold II, the king of Belgium, and his desire to create a colonial to help expand, and make Belgium an even high power. Along with his success and what he did after creating the colonial in the Congo. Using the help of Henry Morton Stanley, along with many political and businessmen from Belgium and many …show more content…
Mainly in his identity and social status. In Britain, it is a time when identity and your image was all very important. It goes on to talk about how Stanley entered the civil war as a confederate, only to be captured to the union side. He left the war for a newspaper business called the New York Herald. He was able to become popular and famous in the Herald. During this time a man named David Livingstone traveled to Africa, hoping to colonize parts of it. Now, Livingstone abhorred slavery, however, he still found it okay in every aspect to colonize land there. However Livingstone went missing, this is when Stanley was sent to research this. Stanley was even able to write a book called Finding Livingston. This book he wrote, however, was not entirely non-fiction and had many made up details for a good …show more content…
Arthur traveled to Florida, to be a guest at General Henry Morton Stanley's, a loyal servant of King Leopold II. Sandford was a long time republican, a party to which Arthur belonged to. Leopold intrusted and hoped Sandford could convince Arthur to recognize Leopold’s Congolese land, and Sandford was able to do so. However, this did not happen until at the White House in 1883. Sandford stayed in Washington as a lobbyist for Leopold’s cause. He met with many men and even acquired great allies. One man, in particular, was John Tyler Morgan, a white supremacist senator from Alabama, who supported a plan to send many slaves “back to Africa.” In 1884 Morgan convinced the Senate to recognize Leopold’s land in the Congo. The secretary made a statement and confused the IAC for the IAA, just as Leopold had hoped. Leopold had America on his side and was in safe hands he felt, and his position in Africa was strengthened. Another victory for Leopold came when he convinced France to also recognize Leopold’s land. This started a domino effect of many other countries doing so. In 1884, Von Bismarck hosted the famous Berlin Conference, in which many European countries gathered to discussing sharing and dividing Africa. However Leopold did not attend, Stanley and Sanford did, to create a series of trade agreements. On May 29, 1885, Leopold officially declared his landholdings to be the Congo Free

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