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Throughout history, imperialism has been a common exercise that was practiced by major
super powers like Western Europe. To some imperialism may seem like a good idea with all
of the riches and wealth to the mother country, but it really is not a good thing.
Imperialism helped start slavery and it also makes countries lose their self confidence
and self respect by calling them savages. These examples and many others are reasons why
imperialism has negative effects on countrys and people.
First imperialistic countrys feel that they hold all of the power and they can do
whatever they want to the smaller countries. The higher people from the mother country
"kill people, seduce people, and make the younger stronger people slaves" as
stated in Document #5 ("An Anthology of West African Verse" by David
1957). Here they take the young people and make them their personal servants by having
them bring them things like food and drinks. Document #2 ("Learning civilized ways is
hard work" cartoon) shows a big man
from a major country making slaves out of the people from the smaller
countrys. He is
saying that by doing what ever he says to do, the people will become civilized, but what
theyre really becoming is slaves.
Second, major countrys come to developing countrys with many empty promises just so
they can have the land. As stated in Document #4 (African proverb), "when the whites
came to our Country, we had the land and they had the Bible, now we have the Bible and
they have the land." The white men came over and they wanted to modernize Africa so
they taught them their religion. As they were learning, the white men snatched up their
land without the Africans even realizing it. When they come, they always come with
something to exchange for land.
Third, imperialistic countries not only hurt the other countries land or economy, but
they effect the person also. In Document #6 (Sekou Toure, West African Nationalist, 1962)
the smaller countrys people felt like they were being "stripped from their
responsibility" and they were "irresponsible" because this other country
came in and said that they needed them to survive. They called them savages and their
civilization was nothing worth keeping. By saying this, it ruined their self-respect,
self-confidence, and self-esteem. The other country also takes all of their raw materials
in exchange for things that the country can do without.
In conclusion, imperialism is not good for any country economically or socially. It
ruins peoples sense of self, their land, and their lives by making them slaves. The
world would be a better place without imperialist. Imperialists think that theyre
helping out, but really their hurting. If a country really wants to help another country
out then they should send aid, but not their troops to take over the country.
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