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.



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