King Leopold’s Ghost

Irish government worker who spent many years in the Congo observing human rights abuses before joining with Edmund Dene Morel to speak out against King Leopold II and the Belgian government in the Congo. Like Morel, Casement had a talent for publicity, and he was instrumental in recruiting many famous writers and statesmen to the Congo reform cause. Casement’s life ended tragically, however, when he voiced his support for Irish independence from Great Britain. Despite having been knighted, Casement was arrested, convicted of treason, and executed at the start of the First World War.

Roger Casement Quotes in King Leopold’s Ghost

The King Leopold’s Ghost quotes below are all either spoken by Roger Casement or refer to Roger Casement. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 17 Quotes

"I realized that I was looking at this tragedy [in the Congo] with the eyes of another race of people once hunted themselves."

Related Characters: Roger Casement
Page Number: 268
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Roger Casement Character Timeline in King Leopold’s Ghost

The timeline below shows where the character Roger Casement appears in King Leopold’s Ghost. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
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...to the Congo to make their own reports. One representative was an Irishman named Roger Casement, who had first traveled to the Congo in 1883, and had then worked there for... (full context)
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Casement was frustrated during his time at the British consulate in the Congo. He had ambitions... (full context)
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In the rubber-producing areas of the Congo, Casement continued to send vivid reports of the horrors he’d witnessed. His reports reached the British... (full context)
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Morel and Casement were sincere people who genuinely believed in the human rights of the Congolese. It’s important... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Beginning in 1906, Roger Casement worked as a British consul in Brazil. He continued to write about the Congo, however,... (full context)
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In 1910, Casement returned to the Congo cause, reuniting with his old ally Morel and enlisting the help... (full context)
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It was difficult for Morel, Doyle, and Casement to mobilize the public against the Belgian Parliament for three main reasons. First, Morel had... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...do any lasting good? On one hand, it seems clear that the achievements of Roger Casement, George Washington Williams, and Edmund Dene Morel were not in vain: they led the Belgian... (full context)
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In 1913, Roger Casement, now a knight of the British Empire, retired from consular service and devoted himself to... (full context)
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...world war. Morel was imprisoned for protesting the war, in the same prison in which Casement had been executed one year previously. (full context)