African Imperialism Dbq

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During the European Scramble for Africa, in the early 20th century, Africans had a peaceful reaction with anti-imperialistic sentiments (docs. 2, 3, 4, and 7), peaceful actions through the approach of diplomacy (docs.1, 2, and 3) and also a rebellious anti-imperialistic reaction (docs. 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9) towards the Scramble for Africa. Some Africans opposed imperialism in a peaceful manner. For example, in document 2, the Ashanti leader denied the offer that the British gave them because the leader wants Ashanti to remain in its ancient ways but still be friendly with Great Britain, therefore approaching the situation in a peaceful manner because the whereabouts of his kingdom was important to him. Also the emperor of Ethiopia, Menelik…show more content…
Also document 3 the Emperor of Ethiopia was against the separation of Africa and felt that the white men should know that he has God on his side but rather then fighting them he writes them a letter in a peaceful approach through diplomacy. Furthering the idea he was against imperialism but not a rebellious reaction. An additional document that would help me in assessing the African actions and reactions to the Scramble for Africa would be a diary entry from a peasant woman writing and explaining how all the chaos over Africa affected her and how she would solve it if she had the power to. This will help me understand how the lower-class women felt because there are no included documents from any lower class women at all. But there were some Africans who were also against imperialism but had rebellious actions and reactions in response to the Scramble for Africa. In the painting of the battle of Adowa between Ethiopians and Italian troops the Ethiopians defeated the Italians and which show a response in a rebellious manner (doc.5). This showed that they had defiant response to the taking over of Africa and fought back. The point of view of this document is biased because they have a picture of Jesus in the upper middle part of the picture and he is on a horse and this symbolizes Christianity in the Ethiopian culture and how the artist feels Christianity was their ultimate protection when in
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