Democratic Republic of the Congo. By Jackson McDermott. People. Religion: Christianty, Islam Language: French, Lingala, Kiswhali, Kikongo, Tshiluba Population: 66 million LIfe expectancy: 46 years (men, 49 years (women).
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Democratic Republic of the Congo
By Jackson McDermott
Religion: Christianty, Islam
Language: French, Lingala, Kiswhali, Kikongo, Tshiluba
Population: 66 million
LIfe expectancy: 46 years (men, 49 years (women)
Climate: The Democratic Republic of the Congo is near the equator so it is hot and humid. South of the Equator, so their is a lot of rain fall between October-May. The annual temperature is 77 degrees fahrenheit.
President: Joseph Kaliba
He became President when his father was assassinated in 2001. He was trained in China and helped fight against dictator Mobuto Sese Seko in 1997. He was a Guerilla fight for over a decade then he took on his fathers position. He is one of ten in his family and is supported by many major world leaders.
By Emily and Katelyn
Imperialism is when one country controls another area, such as a separate territory or country. This is usually obtained by using a strong military. Imperialism is closely related to expansionism and colonialism.
This period of time was during the late 1800's. Africa was divided up among many European nations, including Britain, Germany, and Belgium. Also during this time period Spain lost the Spanish-American War and lost a great amount of land to the United States. Eventually this disquiet between nations led to World War II.
Also during the late 1800's, the want to gain more territory became more common. In those days, expanding and gaining land was the most important.
In 1877 many European countries decided to divide the continent into "spheres of influence". They believed that this would solve some of the economical issues that were going on during this time.
Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, England, France, and Germany were the main countries throughout Africa that were involved in imperialism.
"World Book." Web. 12 Nov. 2009. <http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar273460&st=imperialism>.
"Imperialism in Africa | Suite101.com." Suite101.com: Online Magazine and Writers' Network | Suite101.com. Web. 12 Nov. 2009. <http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/colonial_legacies/53451>.
Valerie Golembeski & Madeline Lusk
"Joseph Conrad." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2009. Web. 11 Nov. 2009. <http://www.worldhistory.abc-clio.com>
-smuggled weapons for civil war in Spain
-was in severe debt (reason for attempted suicide)
-shot himself in the chest, but didn't die
-only knew five English words at first
-learned English, and wrote everything in that language
"The Secret Agent"
"Joseph Conrad." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2009. Web. 11 Nov. 2009. <http://www.worldhistory.abc-clio.com>.
"Joseph Conrad." Student Research Center. Ebsco Host. Web. 10 Nov. 2009. <http://web.ebscohost.com/src/detail?vid=3&hid=104&sid=02de8f36-7400-48be-87b6-eb56d6f4140a%40sessionmgr13&bdata=JnNpdGU9c3JjLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#db=khh&AN=17938540>.
"Joseph Conrad." Student Research Center. Ebsco Host. Web. 10 Nov. 2009. <http://web.ebscohost.com/src/detail?vid=3&hid=9&sid=02de8f36-7400-48be-87b6-eb56d6f4140a%40sessionmgr13&bdata=JnNpdGU9c3JjLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#db=khh&AN=39053412>.
Things Fall Apart
By: Chinua Achebe
Linden and Riley
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is the story of an Igbo village in Nigeria and the journey of Okonkwo.
As one of the strongest men in all of the surrounding villages, Okonkwo struggles with the changes that come when the white settlers come to colonize his village. In addition to the external changes, it is also his strong personality that eventually leads to his downfall.
In this book there was a very slow progression in which the white men who came to the Igbo community, developed trust amoung the villages, and changed their entire way of life.
Chinua Achebe is a well known African novelist and poet. He was born in Ogidi, Nigeria. Achebe attended the University College of Ibadan. Things Fall Apart was his first book.
According to "Answers.com" Achebe's list of work includes:
Things Fall Apart (1958),
Arrow of God (1964),
No Longer at Ease (1960),
A Man of the People (1966),
and Anthills of the Savannah (1988).
"Things Fall Apart Book Notes Summary by Chinua Achebe: Topic Tracking: Colonization Book Notes Summary." BookRags.com: Book Summaries, Study Guides. Web. 12 Nov. 2009. <http://www.bookrags.com/notes/tfa/TOP1.html>.
"Chinua Achebe, Nigeria novelist and poet." African American Literature Book Club: African American Books by Famous Black Authors And Poets. Web. 12 Nov. 2009. <http://aalbc.com/authors/chinua.htm>.
"Chinua Achebe: Biography from Answers.com." Answers.com: Wiki Q&A combined with free online dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedias. Web. 12 Nov. 2009. <http://www.answers.com/topic/chinua-achebe>.
Heart of Darkness
•Heart of Darkness is a book written by Joseph Conrad. It was published in 1902 and was about an Englishman’s assignment as a ferry-boat captain in Africa. The book mainly follows the captain as he recounts a story, making the book a story within a story.
Joseph Conrad was born in Ukraine, in 1857. Soon after marriage, he began to write. His inspiration for his book, Heart of Darkness came when he took a trip to the congo in 1890. He continued to write stories until the age of 54, eventually dying of a heart attack at age 67, in 1924.
Heart of Darkness has been adapted into a short TV special, a movie, and inspired other short stories. The best known adaptation of Heart of Darkness is the movie Apocalypse Now! byFrancisFord Coppola. In this movie, the Congo is replaced with Vietnam, but the basic theme stays relatively the same, as well as the movie even using various names from the book.
Conrad's Heart Of Darkness first appeared in a three part magazine in the year 1899. It became classic English literature for multiple reasons. The largest one was that of the sheer impact of the writing. For the time period, it was a stunningly harsh view into the wiltered world he portrayed. The themes depicted were often sad but realistic. The ending note seemed to most as a depiction of kindness to a main character's grieving fiancee.
The reception to Conrad's novel was at first rather controversial. Chinua Achebe criticized Heart of Darkness for the de-moralization and de-humanization of African Americans. His work was constantly contemplated as being a rascist peice of literature. However, the sheer psychological and moral horror story still provides ample material for literary studies.
Heart of Darkness was controversial for many reasons, though the main theme portrayed was the inner darkness in every human being. His characters and story revolve solely around the evil and dismay in the human heart. Although some have argued that the point of the story was to display a sense of good vs. evil (light vs. the dark) if looked at closely the only elements displaying a resistence to the dark was that of individual characters. Other prevalent themes was that of the fraility of women and the weakness of the African society.
By Alex Hardison
•-Food varies greatly depending on region
•-TV’s, VCR’s, and Radios are popular where electricity is available.
•Celebrate some holidays, including their independence day, which is October 1st, and workers day, which is May 1st.
•They also celebrate religious holidays.
•-Nigerian auto industry is in decline.
•-Only car manufactures left are Puegeot Automobile Nigeria and Anambra Motor Manufacturers Company Limited.
•-Main reasons for decline is the lack of money of the Nigerians, a large amount can’t afford cars, coupled with the high cost of manufacturing is the reason for decline.
•Each region has its own set of foods.
•-In Southern Nigeria, many soups are based on tomatoes, onions, red pepper, and Palm Oil.
•-In Northern Nigeria, rice is the main food staple. Most of the people there don’t eat pork because most of them are Muslim.
•A large amount of Nigerians eat fruits because they live in the tropics.
•"Nigeria.”Encyclopedia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 12 Nov. 2009
•"Nigeria." FodbyCountry. 12 Apr. 2001. Web. 13 Nov. 2009. <http://www.foodbycountry.com/Kazakhstan-to-South-Africa/Nigeria.html>.
Cody A. Cooper
By Andrew Zhang
Religion In Africa
By: Gina Torretti
By: Brianna Bevan
The African Yams
By: Joel Canner
Not to be confused as a sweet potato the African Yam is often known as the pride of an African kitchen. It is different from the sweet potato because of differing amount of seed leaves.
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The Second Coming
William Butler Yeats
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand. The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand; A shape with lion body and the head of a man, A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds. The darkness drops again but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?