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    Irish patriot Roger Casement, ended his life on a London gallows. Two courageous black Americans, George Washington Williams and William Sheppard, risked much to bring evidence of the Congo atrocities to the outside world. Sailing into the middle of the story was a young Congo River steamboat officer named Joseph Conrad. And looming above them all, the duplicitous billionaire King Leopold II. With great power and compassion, King Leopold's Ghost will brand the tragedy of the Congo--too long forgotten--onto the conscience of the West. Early in the imperial colonial period slavery was the chief reason for exploiting central Africa. King Leopold of Belgium ruthlessly but brilliantly exploited much of…

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    King Leopold's Ghost provides the reader with the riveting true story of the reign of King Leopold the second of Belgium. King Leopold used many tricks and twisted stories to snatch up undocumented territory in africa before it was all gone. Many other notable figures were involved such as Henry Morton Stanley (John Rowlands), Edmund Dene Morel, Roger Casement, William Sheppard, George washington williams, and many others. King Leopold’s Ghost explores topics such as social class, manipulation,…

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    In King Leopold's Ghost, Hoschild imparts to his pursuers the new story of King Leopold of Belgium's abuse of the Congo and the shocking wrongdoings submitted against mankind for practical and political reasons. The writer's objective in this book was to bring attention to what occurred. Hoschild demonstrates to us that a great deal of history as we probably are aware is that it is one-sided and white washed. Ordinarily history is wrote or observed by the individuals who are in control and their…

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    Hochschild was unaware of the human rights movement until he read a footnote in a book and he suddenly became interested in it. He began to write books on the topic, which are what all of his books are about. Human rights stood out to Hochschild, and King Leopold II of Belgium went against human rights. Leopold took over the Congo by using forced labor to receive goods and benefited off of it. King Leopold’s Ghost is an historical book about Henry Morton Stanley. Stanley, as a child, was…

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    In his book, King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa, Adam Hochschild explores how the 'civilized western society' is consumed with so much greed, envy and pride that they are unable to open the eyes and witness the brutal impact of their action. The book focuses on not only the course of colonizing a nation and exploiting it of all its humanity and wealth but also focuses on the impact of the deed. It highlights the legacy of the colonialization and how it…

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    Africa was unknown. No country knew of this “dark” continent, the people who occupied it, and the resources that could be obtained. Thus, the commencement of exploration into Africa. The novels Tools of Empire by Daniel R. Headrick and King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild, exhibit the effects of explorations in Africa. These two novels portray the ground work in which Africa was established and maintained. Some common themes among these novels are African colonization, technology and…

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    Africa had been a source of resources for centuries before King Leopold II in the way of slavery. Africa had also been a sight of exploration, however these explorations often failed due to the unique terrain of Africa and the disease that live there. Yet, In the Book King Leopold’s Ghost, Adam Hochschild tells of how King Leopold II looked to the Congo as his source of increasing power. Exploration and colonization had been huge ventures the past few centuries leading up to Leopold’s life and…

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    global politics, causing deep economic issues for some countries and providing freedom for others. By carefully analyzing different literary sources such as King Leopold’s Ghost, by Atom Hochschild, and the interviews form Anit-Imperialist Nationalism, we are able to find evidence of Western empire’s rule over the world before decolonization and after. Exploring ideas and notions of nationalism and the foundation in which it stands on can clarify the misconceptions of the effects of…

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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…

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    freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.” This quote best exemplifies the ideology that enabled King Leopold the Second to exploit and destroy an area seventy-six times larger than Belgium itself.1 He did what no other man or country could have fathomed of doing at the time,. The origins of greed and his constant manipulation of perception created one of the most deadly periods of time in not just African history, but in world history. It is…

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