Return to the Source: Selected Speeches of Amilcar Cabral (New Expanded Edition)
A classic collection of essays calling for decolonization through self-liberation
“For us,” said Amilcar Cabral, “freedom is an act of culture.” Guided by the concrete realities of his people, he called for a Return to the Source, a process of decolonization through “re-Africanization.” With a system of thought rooted in an African reading of Marx, Cabral was a deep-thinking revolutionary who applied the principles of decolonization as a dialectic task, and in so doing became one of the world’s most profoundly influential and effective theoreticians of anti–imperialist struggle. He translated abstract theories into agile praxis and in under just ten years steered the liberation of three–quarters of the countryside of Guinea Bissau from Portuguese colonial domination. Cabral and his fellow Pan-African movement leaders catalyzed and fortified a militant wave of liberation struggles beginning in Angola, moving through Cabral’s homelands of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, and culminating in Mozambique and beyond.
As a new imperialism has taken hold the world over, many have once more hearkened back to Return to the Source, and this time, our source of inspiration is Cabral himself. First published in 1973, this new edition has been expanded to include important texts from ‘Revolution in Guinea’ to ‘Our People Are Our Mountains,’ along with the principal speeches —revised and corrected — Cabral delivered during visits to the United States in the ﬁnal years before his assassination in 1973. Return to the Source is essential reading for all who understand that the erasure of historical continuity between social movements has disrupted our ability to make the revolutionary transformation we all desperately require.