For my English/History class, (A Nation’s Argument) we were assigned to design an argument as a country in 1914. The country me and classmate, CA, were assigned to, is Belgium. Belgium was not particularly generous towards the Africans in the early 20th century. Despite this, we were able to put together a good argument. Check out my work
1. General Rule
2. Particular Case
4. Quotations & Evidence for Trial
1. General Rule (“Most” Say…)
Rule: Colonization is always bad.
Case: Belgium is a colonizer.
Result: Therefore, Belgium colonization must be bad.
Although, Belgium rule brought a lot of useful goods and materials to the western world for years to come.
2. Particular Case (The evidence suggests…)
Belgium used the congo for priceless artifacts used today:
1.Rubber (Tires, Bikes, Rubberbands, etc.);
2. Phone materials. (Cellphone batteries, materials for early phones.)
3. Result (We argue…)
Therefor, we believe that with the hardships that Belgium brought, the contribution to the world we know today was too great to put shame on it.
Rule: Colonization can change the world.
Case: Belgium discovered rubber and cell phone materials in the Congo.
Result: Belgium’s time in the Congo improved the world in ways that can’t be forgotten.
4. Quotations & Evidence for Trial (Sorted by chronoligical order.)
“World Socialist Web Site.” Belgium’s Imperialist Rape of Africa -. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2013.
Likaka, Osumaka. Naming Colonialism: History and Collective Memory in the Congo, 1870-1960. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin, 2009. Print.
Hochschild, Adam. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Print.
West, Richard. Congo. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972. Print.
O’Hanlon, Redmond. No Mercy A Journey Into the Heart of the Congo. New York: Vintage Departures, 1996. Print.
SHEPHERD, William (1911) The partition of Africa. H. Holt and Co.