Imperialism: Atrocity in the Congo

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Since this is the last day of class before Mardi Gras break we will watch the film White King, Red Rubber, Black Death. This film tells the story of the atrocities and genocide carried out by Belgium under King Leopold II.

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When King Leopold assumed the throne of Belgium he believed that he would become a great King and Belgium a great nation only if the country had colonies. Leopold manipulated the Berlin Conference in 1884 so the Congo became his personal colony. Great atrocities occurred to gain Leopold a great fortune from the rubber in the Congo basin. Leopold deserves a place among those like Hitler and Stalin because of the suffering Congo endured.

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Complete the constructed response questions while watching the film. Completed worksheets will be used as bonus points. It will either be used to replace missing work or as bonus points. (Also look on the bottom for another way for extra points)

White King, Red Rubber, Black Death Worksheet

Use the You Tube videos and watch the film. The entire film is not posted but is posted if order.



Another way to gain Extra Points 300 Points to anyone who reads:

  • King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild
  • Read the book and write a 3 page double spaced typed report on the book. You can find a copy at the EBR Public Library. It is also available as an e-book at the EBR library.



Imperialism: The British Rule India


Illustration: British general Robert Clive makes a secret deal to gain territory in India for Britain

Wednesday/Thursday examine imperialism by looking at the British takeover of India. The British began their conquest of India not with the landing of an army but with a desire to establish trade. The British East India Company was a joint stock company formed to establish trade between Britain and India & East Asia. Soon after establishing trading posts in East India the Company soon became entangled in Indian politics.


As Britain gained an influence the Mughal empire slowly declined in power. As Britain controlled territory the British began to manipulating local rulers using the suggestion that their power depended upon British support. The East India Company had their own army largely composed of Indian soldiers called sepoys. British insensitivity led to the Sepoy Mutiny(or the War for Indian Independence as it’s called today in India). After a serious of massacres and atrocities on both sides, the British emerged victorious(with help from other Indians) and established India as a crown colony with Queen Victoria proclaimed the Empress of India. While the British brought some improvements they were mostly concerned with enriching themselves. By the end of the 19th century with the establishment of the Indian National Congress in 1885 and the Muslim League in 1906 Indian nationalism began to unite Indians in their desire for Indian self-rule.



Britain takes over India powerpoint

Britain Takes over India Guided Notes

British Imperialism in India Textbook Reading


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India State Map

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India Language Map

Imperialism in China & Japan Emerges as a World Power


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Monday and Tuesday we look at both the impact of imperialism on both China and Japan. China struggled to stay isolated from the European nations but found themselves dominated by Europe.


Opium War Movie Poster

Japan also remained isolated for centuries but that isolation ended when US president Millard Fillmore sent Commodore Matthew Perry on a trade mission to Japan. Perry convinced the Japanese to sign the Treaty of Kanagawa which opened up Japanese ports to trade. The Japanese found this deeply humiliating and led to the Japanese drive towards modernization. Japan modernized so quickly that they became an industrial & imperial power. See the links below for Powerpoints and Worksheets.

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Commodore Perry in Japan: A Japanese perspective

Imperialism in China/Japan emerges as a World Power Powerpoint

Imperialism in China/Japan emerges as a World Power Guided Notes

China/Japan Constructed Response Questions

China Resists Outside Influence Textbook Reading

Japan Modernizes Textbook Reading

Imperialism in Southeast Asia Textbook reading


Japan during the Meiji Restoration

Black History Project:African-Americans who have had an international impact

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This project is to be centered on African-Americans who have had an impact in countries around the world. Therefore it cannot have a subject that has only had an impact in the USA only. No current celebrities allowed. The subject must be an American.(So Nelson Mandela does not qualify)

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What is required?

You will have your subject displayed on a mini poster. No bigger than 18’x22’(about half the size of a regular poster). Include relevant pictures & captions. Someone should be able to read your poster and have a basic understanding of your subject.

1-page essay in your own words on your subject.  DO NOT cut & paste from Wikipedia! You will receive more points if you write in your own words with grammatical errors than if you cut & paste without grammatical errors.

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Possible Topics:

Martin Luther King in India

Louis Armstrong-International Goodwill Ambassador

Founding of Liberia

WEB Dubois in Ghana

Andrew Young UN Ambassador

Colin Powell-Secretary of State

Research African American Diplomats

Harlem Hellfighters

Tuskegee Airmen(Research 1 member of the Tuskegee Airmen)

Influence of the US Civil Rights Movement in another country

George Curtis Moore-Ambassador to Sudan

Larry Leon Palmer-diplomat

Ebenezer D. Bassett-1st African-American diplomat

The influence of Gandhi on Martin Luther King

Travels of Frederick Douglas to Ireland and England (his impact & reception there)

Condoleeza Rice-expert & scholar on Russia

Condoleezza Rice-Secretary of State (one accomplishment)

Colin Powell(Secretary of State -1 accomplishment)

Colin Powell-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

10th Calvary Regiment (buffalo Soldiers) during the Spanish American War

African Americans Who have received the Congressional Medal of Honor.Look at African Americans who received the award: Spanish-American War, World War 1, World War 2, Korean War, Vietnam War

Matthew Henson-explorer

William Shepherd-   explorer & missionary to the Congo

John L. Withers- ambassador to Albania

Johnny Young (diplomat) ambassador to 4 different countries

Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. ambassador

James Weldon Johnson- poet & US diplomat

Ralph Bunche-US diplomat & Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Ronald D. Palmer- US Ambassador to Malaysia & Togo

Terrance Alphonso Todman- served as US ambassador to Chad, Guinea, Costa Rica, Spain, Denmark, and Argentina.

Patricia Roberts Harris Secretary of HUD & Heath, Education, & Welfare. Later ambassador to Luxemburg

Elliot Skinner- American anthropologist and United States Ambassador to Republic of Upper Volta (Now Burkina Faso)

Ruth A. Davis- ambassador to Benin

Richard Fox- ambassador to Trinidad & Tobago

Joseph Monroe Segars- ambassador to Cape Verde

Harry K. Thomas present ambassador to the Philippines

Edward Joseph Perkins- US ambassador to the UN, Liberia, & South Africa (born in Louisiana)

John L. Withers, II- ambassador to Albania

Richard Allen-  founder in 1816 of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) denomination

John Day (born: 1797), Southern Baptist missionary to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Central Africa also a founder of Liberia

Note: Some of these people are still alive. Take the initiative and contact them through a letter or email. Invite them to address the class in person or online. Great way to get bonus points!

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Frederick Douglass mural in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Early Dismissal Day: Make an Ad

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This Wednesday will be an early dismissal day. Since the classes will be abbreviated you will be responsible for only one assignment.

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Your Task: Create an advertisement for a technological advance in history.  This should be a one-page ad that could appear in a newspaper or magazine.

 Your ad must include:

  1. A drawing of the item or the location of the event
  2. Color throughout
  3. Why people should be interested
  4. A price
  5. A list of what the item does
  6. A made up quote from someone living at the time

After creating your advertisement describe your product in one paragraph. What does your product do and how does it advance society.

Advertisement Assignment Instructions Sheet

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Industrial Revolution: New Ideas


As Industry grew and populations grew from primarily rural to urban society began to change and new ways of thinking about the economy emerged. Next, we will examine the new ideas and the thinkers who struggled with how to understand the consequences of the industrial world. Laissezfaire economics as presented by the writer Adam Smith supported free market capitalism while Karl Marx advanced the theories of socialism and communism.  Links to the Powerpoint & work are found in the links below. The Crash Course World History video is a helpful summary.

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New Ideas in Society Powerpoint

New Ideas in Society Guided Notes

Industrialization Spreads Textbook Reading

Reforming the Industrial World Textbook Reading

Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham proposed utilitarianism the idea that the goal of  society should be “the greatest happiness for the greatest number of citizens.”  After he died his body was stuffed and it is still on display at University College London. I met Jeremy in 2002.


Lastly, you will complete a crossword puzzle and read about the Crystal Palace Exposition that was held in London at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

Industrial Revolution Crossword & Crystal Palace Guided Reading

Industry and Industrialists


The growth of industry brought about changes in society and the growth of industry. Before the Industrial Revolution, wealthy landowners controlled most of the wealth & power in society but afterward, power and wealth became centered in industrialists, financiers, and bankers. These entrepreneurs would pool their money to create large corporations which created large industries. We will examine some of these industrialists like Andrew Carnegie in a short powerpoint.


Afterward, you will examine the changes different industrial inventions have made through history and then brainstorm what those inventions may look like in the future.

Industry & Industrialists Powerpoint

Industry & Industrialists Guided Notes

Inventions Past, Present and Future Worksheet



New Unit-Industrial Revolution



With the start of a new semester, we will also begin a new unit. We will investigate the Revolutionary changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution. This will include the changes brought by inventions and advances in technology but also the new ideas that emerged as a result of industrialization & urbanization.

But first, we will look at the Agricultural revolution in Great Britain and how that led to the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. From there will examine the growth of industry in the textile industry which was advanced by inventions such as the steam engine. We will look at both inventions & the inventors. Afterward, you will complete an organizer looking at the definitions and purposes of the accomplishments of the Industrial Revolution. Below you will find the links to the Powerpoint and the organizer.


Beginnings of the Industrial Revolution Powerpoint

Inventions & Definitions Organizer Use the organizer to research important inventions. Include a definition, the purpose of the invention, the inventor, the country of origin and the result & impact of the invention. Be brief. Then summarize the invention that has had the greatest impact on you. 

The Beginnings of Industrialization Textbook Reading