The Black Man's Burden

The Black Man’s Burden: The White Man in Africa from the Fifteenth Century to World War I  (1920) 
by Edmund Dene Morel

Rudyard Kipling's 1899 poem "The White Man's Burden" presented one view of imperialism. Beginning in 1893 and continuing for three decades, E. D. Morel, a British journalist and activist, drew attention to the abuses of imperialism, particularly in the Congo Free State. The Congo Free State (later known as the Belgian Congo, Zaïre, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo) was perhaps the most famously exploitative of the European colonies.

THE BLACK MAN'S BURDEN

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"TO THOSE WHO HAVE UNDERSTOOD: TO THOSE
WHO LOVE THE NATIVES OF AFRICA."

(From the statue by the late Herbert Ward, the African explorer)

THE

BLACK MAN'S
BURDEN

BY

E. D. MOREL

Author of "Nigeria: its peoples and its problems"; "Affairs of West Africa"; "King Leopolds Rule in Africa"; "Red Rubber"; "Great Britain and the Congo"; "The British Case in French Congo": "Africa and the Peace of Europe"; "Ten Years of Secret Diplomacy"; "Truth and the War."


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DEDICATION

To My Friends,
W.A.C. and E.H.C.
This Book is Dedicated with
many grateful thoughts.

CONTENTS

PAGE
Frontispiece
Dedication v.
Introduction by the Author vii.
EXPLANATORY
Chapter I.— The White Man's Burden 3
Chapter II.— The Black Man's Burden 7
PART ONE

FIRST PERIOD.—The Slave Trade

Chapter III.— The Story of the Slave Trade 15
PART TWO

SECOND PERIOD.—Invasion, Political Control, Capitalistic Exploitation

A. Episodes in the Struggle for the Soil
Foreword 27
Chapter IV.— The Story of Southern Rhodesia 29
Chapter V.— The Story of Southern Rhodesia (continued) 37
Chapter VI.— The Story of German South-West Africa 66
B. Episodes in the Establishment of Political Control
Foreword 71
Chapter VII.— The Story of Morocco 73
Chapter VIII.— The Story of Tripoli 87

C. Episodes in Capitalistic Exploitation.
Foreword 105–107
Chapter IX.— The Story of the Congo Free State 109
Chapter X.— The Story of the French Congo 127
Chapter XI.— The Story of Angola and the "Cocoa Islands" 149
PART THREE

THIRD PERIOD.—Reparation and Reform

Chapter XII.— The Land and its Fruits 163
Chapter XIII.— Administrative Problems and the Land 197
Chapter XIV.— What a League of Nations could do to Protect Tropical Africa from the Evils of Capitalistic Exploitation and Militarism 215

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927.


The author died in 1924, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 95 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.