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In 1909, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote "The Crime of the Congo," in only eight days. We warn prospective readers that this book is filled with graphic descriptions of violence, and of the atrocities committed in the Belgian Congo during the reign of King Leopold II. After ...
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Overview

The Publisher has copy-edited this book to improve the formatting, style and accuracy of the text to make it readable. This did not involve changing the substance of the text.

In 1909, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote "The Crime of the Congo," in only eight days. We warn prospective readers that this book is filled with graphic descriptions of violence, and of the atrocities committed in the Belgian Congo during the reign of King Leopold II. After this book was written, Arthur Conan Doyle felt so strongly about this subject that he, contacted newspapers, appealed to World Leaders, including Theodore Roosevelt, and then went on a three month lecture tour on this subject.

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....."The 'chicotte' of raw hippo hide, especially a new one, trimmed like a corkscrew, with edges like knife blades, and as hard as wood, is a terrible weapon, and a few blows bring blood; not more than twenty-five blows should be given unless the offense is very serious. Though we persuaded ourselves that the African's skin is very tough, it needs an extraordinary constitution to withstand the terrible punishment of one hundred blows; generally the victim is in a state of insensibility after twenty-five or thirty blows. At the first blow he yells abominably; then he quiets down, and is a mere groaning, quivering body till the operation is over, when the culprit stumbles away, often with gashes which will endure a lifetime. It is bad enough, the flogging of men, but far worse is the punishment when inflicted on women and children......"

Contents:
How the Congo Free State came to be Founded ---- The Development of the Congo State ---- The Working of the System ---- First Fruits of the System ---- Further Fruits of the System ---- Voices from the Darkness ---- Consul Roger Casement's Report ---- King Leopold's Commission and Its Report ---- The Congo After the Commission ---- Some Catholic Testimony as to the Congo ---- The Evidence Up to Date ---- The Political Situation ---- Some Congolese Apologies ---- Solutions ---- Appendix
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  • BN ID: 2940012399748
  • Publisher: Digital Text Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 117 KB

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