The Congo

Students studied the history of the Congo Free State and King Leopold's atrocities as well as post-Leopold history through Lumumba and to the present day with the current rule of Mobutu. They read not only history but also Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and heard a lecture by Tikumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, the nephew of Conrad's novel as he used it as the basis for Apocalypse Now. We used this film as a transition to the unit on Vietnam.

For a history outline: Zaire/The Congo. For study questions on Heart of Darkness There are many cites on the net about Zaire and the Congo, but some you might want to check out are listed here:

Postcolonial Africa
Africa On-Line: Zaire
This is the only road in Zaire, Connecting North to East 
British Library for Development Studies: Zaire 
an excerpt from Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar 
African music link
Zaire Evangelical Mission: History of the Mission 
Zaire History 
African foods

To read a contemporary account of going into the heart of darkness,

click here: CONGO