The World and Africa: An Inquiry into the Part Which Africa Has Played in World History

By W. E. B. Du Bois | Go to book overview

CHAPTER VIII
CENTRAL AFRICA AND
THE MARCH OF THE BANTU

The story of Central Africa, the Congo valley,
the region of the Great Lakes and the South-
central lands, together with their invaders
.

THE story of the Congo valley and the Great Lakes region has never been written save from the piecemeal points of view of special interests: the explorers, the travelers, the missionaries, the slave raiders, the hunters for ivory, game, gold, and territory. There is practically no coherent account of the millions of human beings who have lived here for thousands of years, nor any body of study to guide the sociologist or historian.

Yet this is the Africa whence all the other Africas have emerged; this is the hot heart of that mighty land which probably first gave birth and sustenance to human beings, and from which they crept, crawled, and marched to the conquest of the earth. Later, in the vast upheavals of the land and the vaster stirrings of nations, groups, and peoples, the folk of this area streamed back and forth, marched up and down and across, in refuge and pursuit, in quest and conquest, until in the last fateful and far-reaching march of the Bantu they settled in something like the present distribution of African peoples. Around this march and countermarch, this endless

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Chapter I - The Collapse of Europe 1
  • Chapter II - The White Masters of the World 16
  • Chapter III - The Rape of Africa 44
  • Chapter IV - The Peopling of Africa 81
  • Chapter V - Egypt 98
  • Chapter VI - The Land of the Burnt Faces 115
  • Chapter VII - Atlantis 148
  • Chapter VIII - Central Africa and the March of the Bantu 164
  • Chapter IX - Asia in Africa 176
  • Chapter X - The Black Sudan 201
  • Chapter XI - Andromeda 226
  • The Message 261
  • Index 263
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