link: American Museum of Natural History Public Site link: American Museum Congo Expedition Index Page
Cover of King Leopold's Ghost

Excerpts from King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild

King Leopold's Ghost describes the Congo in the period just prior to the American Museum Expedition. In 1885, King Leopold II of Belgium took control of the vast Congo Basin and began a process of pacification and exploitation. By the time Leopold ceded the Congo to Belgium in 1908, he had amassed a huge personal fortune at the cost of millions of Congolese lives.

Excerpts From King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild. Copyright 1998 by Adam Hochschild. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Cover (490 kb PDF)

Introduction (913 kb PDF)

Prologue "The Traders are kidnapping our people" (2.2 MB PDF)

Chapter 19 "The Great Forgetting" (2.6 MB PDF)

Notes (452 kb PDF)

Bibliography (2.1 MB PDF)


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