The Appeal- This political cartoon by W.P. Starmer depicts the Act of Berlin as a broken promise on the treatment of Africans.


  1. Why is King Leopold holding a whip, and what does it seem that he’s sitting on?
  2. How did the artist of this political cartoon depict the true conditions of the Congo?
  3. What irony was the artist trying to point out about the realities of the Congo?
  4. Write a dialogue between the European businessman and the African petitioner.
  5. How does this depiction of King Leopold and the conditions of the Congo compare to the other political cartoons, documents, and photos that you have seen?
  6. List three things that Leopold could have done to improve conditions in the Congo.