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 Zaire African foods
To read a contemporary account of going into the heart of darkness,
click here: CONGO