Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name


Department of Afro-American Studies


The purpose of this .thesis is to examine the political thought of Amilcar Cabral. We will isolate the central elements of his political thought by textual analysis of primary and secondary works with particular emphasis on the writings of Cabral. In that Amilcar Cabral's thought developed through the movement for national liberation in Guine-Bissau, that movement will be explored to give clarity to our analysis. However, the emphasis remains on the genesis and development on Cabral's thought. We will identify the character of Cabral's political thought as a comprehensive political philosophy in the successive phases of the struggle to simultaneously achieve power and transform the Guinean reality. The major question asked is "what is Amilcar Cabral's political thought?" We intend to investigate whether or not Amilcar Cabral's political thought altered the political, social, and economic situation of Guine-Bissau. In the first chapter, we will try to identify who was Amilcar Cabral, the man. We will investigate his educational background, the social milieu in which his thought developed, and his personal history. We also will examine his character as the head of a movement for social change.

In the second chapter, we intend to establish key environmental problems in the field of political thought. We will attempt to evaluate the role of philosophy and the nature of political theory as a field of inquiry. Subsequently, we intend to evaluate the condition of political thought specifically in Guine-Bissau prior to the national liberation movement.

In the third chapter, we will briefly look at the history of Guine-Bissau and the political party started by Cabral, the African Party for Independence in Guine and Cape Verde (P.A.I.G.C.), We hope to illuminate the historical facts that distinguish and particularize the totality of conditions in Guine-Bissau.

In the fourth chapter we will present Cabral's thought as a comprehensive analytical system. We intend to identify the core assumptions that actuate Cabral as a political thinker. We also intend to discuss the mechanisms he proposes to use in implementing political thought and the goals. he hopes to achieve by doing so.

In the fifth chapter we will evaluate Cabral's political thought. We intend to analyze the components of his thought that distinguish him as a political thinker. We plan to determine if Cabral's thought altered the concrete conditions of GuineBissau that existed prior to its introduction. We will also examine the theoretical nature of Cabral's thought to assess its character as political theory.

In the summary, we will relate the findings of our investigation of Amilcar Cabral's political thought. We hope to draw conclusions as to the method of inquiry practiced by Cabral. Finally, we will appraise the importance of Amilcar Cabral as a political thinker we hypothesize that the findings will confirm our underlying assumption that Cabral's thought is identifiable and significant