King Leopold 's Ghost Analysis

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King Leopold’s Ghost Analysis “The real names of our people were destroyed during slavery. The last name of my forefathers was taken from them when they were brought to America and made slaves, and then the name of the slave master was given, which we refuse; we reject that name today and refuse it. I never acknowledge it whatsoever.” In King Leopold’s Ghost talks about Leopold II ruling over the Belgium Congo territory. He forced the enslaved individuals to do horrific and exhausting tasks, and people who disagreed with him made it known of his horrible acts. Several countries began to disagree with Leopold’s dictatorship. He was a tyrant. King Leopold’s Ghost is a phenomenal book because of the way individuals can make a difference in others lives. The theme of this book is something that relates to our lives everyday. Our actions can impacts individuals tremendously. There were several people that spoke out throughout this book, but the most important one is George Washington Williams. He was a minister, historian, and was in the Civil War. Williams was a very strong-headed individual, and when Leopold tried to persuade him not to visit the Congo he did not listen. What he witnessed in the Congo made him ill. He wrote letters that were published in newspapers making the horrific events that Leopold was ruling over. An example that Williams gives is very blunt, but just a mild event that occurred in the Congo under Leopold’s ruling. “The Courts of your Majesty’s…
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