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    King Leopold's Ghost

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    King Leopold II developed his dream for colonization at an early age. Before he even took the throne he was on the lookout for unconquered land that could later be in his possession. The king wanted to become rich as a result of his new land through the process of trading. Once King Leopold II set his sights on the Congo, he would not give up until the land was his. He connived, manipulated and conned his way into the land. He did not care who got hurt; he just wanted his dream to be fulfilled

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    The book, King Leopold’s Ghost, is a second hand account of one of the biggest crimes against humanity in history. The author, Adam Hochschild, explains the story of Leopold’s Congo in colonial Africa in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s. The accounts of the slavery and the inhumanities are told in vivid detail, and give an image so cruel and gruesome that they are only comparable to those of the holocaust in Nazi Germany. After reading the book, the only question that was in my mind

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    Book Report: King Leopold’s Ghost The book mainly chronicles the efforts of King Leopold II of Belgium which is to make the Congo into a colonial empire. During the period that the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. During that time, the vast interior of the Africa continent was still undeveloped and unknown to Europeans while the coastal regions had already been claimed by others

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    Hochschild, Adam. King Leopold 's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. Print. King Leopold’s Ghost is a popular history telling the story how Europeans systematically exploited Africa. Special fork of King Leopold upholds colony of Congo which ran from the late 19th century to early 20th century. The Book actually starts story back during the age of exploration were European explore where would land on west coast Africa and try to engage

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    Forced Labor in "King Leopold’s Ghost"

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    Forced Labor in King Leopold’s Ghost In King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild, forced labor seems to be a recurring theme throughout the book. Forced labor would be non-existence or be very minimal if it wasn’t for colonialism. Google defines colonialism as an exploitation by a stronger country of weaker one; the use of the weaker country's resources to strengthen and enrich the stronger country. King’s Leopold’s Ghost, Belgium is known as the stronger country in search of a colony (Congo) for

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    In King Leopold’s Ghost, Hoschild shares with his readers the unfamiliar story of King Leopold of Belgium’s exploitation of the Congo and the horrible crimes committed against humanity for economical and political gain. The author’s goal in this book was to bring awareness to what happened at this moment in history. Hoschild shows us that a lot of history as we know it is biased and Eurocentric. Many times history is authored or monitored by those who are in power (politically or economically) and

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    In King Leopold`s Ghost, the author Adam Hochschild conveys many attempts to challenge the actions of King Leopold`s control in the Congo. This was to reach an international audience at the time of the 20th century. Protestors depended on a variety of writing techniques to make their case successful. For example the use of direct letters to officials, published “open letters”, articles in newspapers, and public speeches. These protesters were George Washington Williams, William Sheppard, Edmund Dene

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    In King Leopold’s Ghost, author Adam Hochschid thoroughly describes the many atrocities committed by the very oppressive King Leopold of Belgium in the Congo. As a result of the Berlin Conference in 1884, the scramble for Africa occurred, in which European powers attempted to seize control of various African territories. King Leopold II of Belgium was able to gain control of the territory around the Congo River. Eventually, the terrible ruler ended up dehumanizing the people of the Congo by forcing

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    Stinglhamber, ‘but they have no right to know what I did there.’”1 King Leopold’s Ghost is a historical analysis by Adam Hochschild, professor at Berkley, of Belgium’s King Leopold II’s orchestration of a private empire in the Congo at the end of the 1800s. During this particular time in history, the great political powers in the world set their eyes upon Africa as a prospect for exploration, annexation and exploitation. In King Leopold’s Ghost, Hochschild recounts the great human cost of Belgium’s imperial

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    book King Leopold's Ghost written by Adam Hochschild is well-known for depicting the horrific atrocities conducted by King Leopold II. He enslaved the Congolese in order to import rubber, ivory, and other valuable goods. The slaves were abused or killed, while others died of foreign diseases. While the Congolese population plummeted, King Leopold's fortune increased incredibly. During his reign, millions of Congolese people died. However, there were also people who strongly opposed King Leopold's

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