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Return to the Source: Selected Speeches of Amilcar Cabral

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Amilcar Cabral, who was the Secretary-General of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and the Cape Verde Islands (PAIGC), was assassinated by Portuguese agents on January 20, 1973. Under his leadership, the PAIGC liberated three-quarters of the countryside of Guinea in less than ten years of revolutionary struggle. Cabral distinguished himself among modern revo ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published December 1st 1974 by Monthly Review Press (first published January 1st 1973)
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M. Ainomugisha
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Return to the Source was part of the pioneering political theory materials during the African independence struggles.

Cabral excoriates the fascist Portuguese colonial government and calls for cultural dimensions to be taken more intentionally in any liberation struggle. This gap is yet to be filled in the current waves of abolitionist, BLM and decolonization movements.

Despite the fact that Return to the Source yokes itself on archaic ideals of Pan-Africanist identity, it still manages to delin
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The First book of Cabral's writings that I read in my senior year of High School! It changed my life, and I know that it would change yours. Just read it! The information is still relevant to this day! ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amilcar Cabral was a significant, respected political thinker on colonial issues from Guinea-Bissau. This is a small selection from his speeches. They made me ask questions.
Portugal was the last European power to give up its African colonies and they took some persuading (cf armed struggle). Are Cabral's words still relevant now that the oppression of small nations is economic, not colonial? The WTO does not conform to international political protocols, it is not a nation and not subject to UN r
An ok compilation by MR/Africa Information Service of an absolutely brilliant thinker. There are a number of typographical/printing and spelling errors also, which is very unhelpful in reading somewhat dense theoretical texts.
Justin Goodman
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I defer to Marie's review on the contextual power of Cabral's theory.

The most I can say is that this would not be a recommended first read for anyone who wants to know more about Cabral. They're perfectly adequate speeches with military diction and practical clarity, but without knowing the historical or theoretical context they're just that. Maybe try Amilcar Cabral: Revolutionary Leadership and People's War? That's what I can find, anyway.

The titular concept of the return to the source is pro
Evania Baginski
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Three stars for density and drawn-out theoretical musings. Five stars for the content and the editor for tying together a series of speeches that show the evolution of the independence movements of Guinea and Cape Verde. The changing attitudes of the party leadership towards the UN and towards the use of force, as well as to the Pan-Africa movement and the universality of the pursuit is particularly well conveyed. A reminder that so much emphasis and definition of identity comes from the externa ...more
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite political thinker...
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