The Cuban Revolution

Che Guevara's Role

Enough is Enough for Cuba

Between the 1940s and early 1950s, army sergeant Fulgencio Batista had taken over Cuba during presidential elections, overturning the democratic government into a dictatorship. During his leadership, he had used acts of terrorism and invoking fear in the people, "with assassination, breaking strikes with machine-gun fire, and using repression against the Cuban people to maintain the massive exploitation of sugar workers, farmers and women...", as stated in the article The Day that Launched The Cuban Revolution by Jill Hickson. Batista's leadership ended up resulting in extreme poverty all over Cuba, as well as the rich people of the U.S reaping from the economy of the country. Fidel Castro did not like Batista, so he decided to organize a plan to overthrow him with the help of another revolutionary named Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

What was Che Guevara's role in the Cuban Revolution?

Ernesto "Che" Guevara is a very important man that had help guide Cuba to its revolution. He had a very strong desire to spread revolution around the world and was inspired by his experiences in Guatemala and Bolivia, as well as a Peruvian exile named Hilda Gadea, to become a radical. After meeting Fidel Castro's brother, Raul Castro, he decided to team up with the both of them to overthrow Batista. Che Guevara helped all of the other revolutionaries, including the Castro brothers into Cuba; he aided the rebels in the guerrilla warfare and assisted the organization of each attack against Batista's forces. In the final battle towards at Havana, Che Guevara had successfully led the rebels to force Fulgencio Batista into fleeing Cuba and making Fidel Castro the new leader of Cuba. He was also a big influence for Fidel Castro; having shared his ideas of communism and encouraging Fidel Castro to spread it across the country.

Bibliography

Rosenberg, Jennifer. "Che Guevara - Biography, Facts & More." Che Guevara. Web. 21 Sept. 2015. <http://history1900s.about.com/od/people/a/Che-Guevara.htm>.

This source is a secondary source written by Christopher Minster, a Latin American literature professor, about Che Guevara's life and his contribution to the Cuban revolution, along with his contribution to other revolutionary movements and experiences he had. This article also shows the importance of Che Guevara joining Fidel Castro and how he helped during the guerrilla warfare. The article, however, is limited only to Che Guevara and doesn't go into detail exactly how he lead the rebels and how it was being in Cuba for him.


Minster, Christopher. "The Cuban Revolution." The Cuban Revolution. Web. 21 Sept. 2015. <http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/historyofthecaribbean/p/08cubanrevo.htm>.

This source, which is also written by Christopher Minster, gives a brief overview of the cause of the Cuban Revolution. It then goes into detail about the rebels in Cuba and the different guerrilla wars that went on during the time. This article is a secondary source and gives an idea of how the people felt after the Cuban Revolution. However, the article is limited to only Fidel Castro and the rebels, so it doesn't go into detail about the other contributors to the Revolution or the details of how it was for the people when Batista was ruling.


Hickson, Jill. "The Day That Launched the Cuban Revolution." The Day That Launched the Cuban Revolution. 24 July 1996. Web. 21 Sept. 2015. <http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/43b/084.html>.

This article, written by Jill Hickson, a historian, is a secondary source that gives an idea about how Cuba was when Batista was the dictator, and explains a little bit how the U.S was involved before the revolution. The article also gives a brief overview of the rebels of the Cuban revolution and explains the aftermath of the revolution. The article on the other hand, is limited to the information about the actual rebels such as Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, and is limited only to some of the positive effects of the revolution.


Minster, Christopher. "Biography of Ernesto "Che" Guevara." Http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/. Web. 21 Sept. 2015. <http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/thehistoryofcuba/a/09cheguevara_2.htm>.

This article, which is also written by Christopher Minster, is a secondary source about the role Che Guevara played within the Cuban Revolution. It also gives the reader information about Cuba after the revolution and how Che Guevara also played a role in the Cuban government after the revolution as well. This source is good in terms of clarifying how Cuba was after the revolution and how Che Guevara's experiences previous to the Cuban Revolution made him step into help. However, the source is limited in terms of the U.S involvement in the revolution and how the people reacted to his contribution.


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