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The Chicago Boys in Chile : Economic Freedom's Awful Toll: Economi...

By: Orlando Letelier

Repression for the majorities and “economic freedom” for small privileged groups are two sides of the same coin.

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Street Speech

By: Walter Rodney

A street speech in Guyana by Walter Rodney arguing against racial antagonism and explaining its role in the functioning of capitalism. Note: It is important to understand that the following comments were made specifically in the context of the Guyanese situation.

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Walter Rodney Speaks : The Making of an African Intellectual (Sele...

By: Walter Rodney

A dialogue held in Amherst, MA where Rodney discussed his own political and intellectual development, and exchanged views on the role of the black intellectual.

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A Bicentennial Without a Puerto Rican Colony

By: Piri Thomas

Published in The Crisis, December 1975. As the United States prepared to celebrate the Bicentennial of the American revolution of 1776, anti-imperialists sought to call the nation back to its anti-colonial routes. A focus of many activists was the continuing U.S. control of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, which the U.S. has occupied since 1898.

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Victor : An Unfinished Song (Three Chapters): An Unfinished Song (...

By: Joan Jara

Written by his wife, this book tells of the life and times of Chilean folksinger Victor Jara, murdered in 1973 by the military after having worked to bring Salvador Allende into power and democracy to his country.

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A Fundamental Necessity of the Revolution

By: Samora Machel

Excerpts from the Opening Speech of the First Conference of Mozambican Women by Samora Moises Machel, president of FRELIMO, on March 4, 1973. Translated from Portuguese.

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George Jackson : Black Revolutionary: Black Revolutionary

By: Walter Rodney

George Jackson also authored Blood In My Eye which was published posthumously, or after this article was written.

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National Liberation and Culture

By: Amilcar Cabral

This text was originally delivered on February 20, 1970; as part of the Eduardo Mondlane (1) Memorial Lecture Series at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, under the auspices of The Program of Eastern African Studies. It was translated from the French by Maureen Webster.

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Alcatraz Proclamation and Letter

By: Indians of All Tribes (IAT)

Alcatraz Proclamation and Letters by Native Americans from November 20, 1969 to June 11, 1971 on Alcatraz Island.

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African History in the Service of the Black Liberation

By: Walter Rodney

This is a transcription of a lecture given by Walter Rodney on 12 October 1968 at the Congress of Black Writers in Montreal, Canada. The original audiotape of the lecture and the others from the 1968 Congress of Black Writers are in the possession of the Alfie Roberts Institute, Montreal, Canada. They were entrusted to David Austin by the late Alfie Roberts in 1995. Before his untimely death in July 1996, Roberts and Austin were in the process of preparing the speeches f...

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Create Two, Three, Many Vietnams : Message to the Tricontinental: ...

By: Ernesto Che Guevara

From: The Che Reader, Ocean Press, 2003.

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The Weapon of Theory

By: Amilcar Cabral

Address delivered to the first Tricontinental Conference of the Peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America held in Havana in January, 1966.

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Two Selections by Nelson Mandela

By: Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela's statement from the dock at the opening of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial, Pretoria Supreme Court, 20 April 1964.

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"Why do the Yankees hate the Cuban Revolution?" : The Second Decla...

By: Fidel Castro

From Schoultz, Lars. That Infernal Little Cuban Republic : The United States and the Cuban Revolution, University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

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Selections from Even the Women Must Fight : Memories of War from N...

By: Karen Gottschang Turner; Phan Thanh Hao

Even the Women Must Fight: Memories of War from North Vietnam is an excellent book detailing the contributions of Vietnamese women fighting for the independencce of their nation. Below is a few selections from the book.

I was born in Thai Binh province. My family were farmers. In 1948 my father was killed in the French War. My mother was with child when he died and she raised us four children alone. In 1968 I volunteered to be a people's soldier, bo doi, and I spent five years in the field during the most terrible time of the war. Why? Four people in my family died when the Americans bombed the Hanoi suburbs. I was angry and I believed that what men could do, I could do too. Life was ha...

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Reciprocal Bases of National Culture and the Fight for Freedom

By: Frantz Fanon

Reproduced from Wretched of the Earth (1959) publ. Pelican. Speech to Congress of Black African Writers, 1959

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Messages to America : The Letters of Ho Chi Minh: The Letters of H...

By: Ho Chi Minh

Born in 1890 in Vietnam under French colonialism to a committed nationalist father, Ho Chi Minh would grow up to lead not one, but two successful wars of independence to liberate his country. In his formative years, Ho traveled widely as a sailor and lived in Paris, Harlem, and Boston, where he worked as a cook, baker, and did menial jobs. In his travels, he made contact with other colonized people, communists and nationalists, and saw the Vietnamese under France as part...

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The Negro is the Race Oppressed by All the Imperialists

By: Lamine Senghor

Lamine Senghor was an early Senegalese nationalist. Born in Kaolack, Senegal in 1889, he served in the French Army between 1915 and 1919 and returned to Paris in 1922. Senghor joined the French Communist Party and ran as a ran as Communist Party candidate in the Paris local elections in 1924. Nonetheless he remained committed to an independent Senegal. In 1927, shortly before his death in Paris he articulated that commitment in a speech before the conference of the Leagu...

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"The Roosevelt Corollary" and "To Roosevelt"

By: Theodore Roosevelt; Rubén Darío

"The Roosevelt Corollary," a statement of president Theodore Roosevelt, was renewal of the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe doctrine of 1823 informed Europe that the United States held that the rest of the Americas could only be colonized by the United States.

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The First Vietnam : The U.S.-Philippine War of 1899: The U.S.-Phil...

By: Luzviminda Francisco

Luzviminda Francisco, "The First Vietnam: The Philippine-American War of 1899," Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars 5, no.4 (December 1973): 2- 16.

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