A new international awareness about the problems of colonialism was created by the war in Algeria.

Frantz Fanon, a descendent of black African slaves in Martinique, became an eloquent and influential voice regarding the meaning of the Algerian struggle.

In 1953, Fanon went to Algeria to become chief of staff in a psychiatric hospital. There, he attempted to link psychiatric treatment and political education

  • From his experiences as a psychiatrist working in Algeria, Fanon developed a theory that the process of being colonized produced a profound psychological state of cultural and racial alienation.
  • He argued that engaging in revolutionary activity was the only way to liberate oneself from alienation.
• In his seminal work, The Wretched of the Earth (1961), Fanon also argued that the violence of colonialism could only be fully overcome psychologically by violence in return.
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