Fidel Castro

Political Rise

History Will Absolve Me

Guerrilla forces in the Sierra region made up of peasants

Fidel Castro marched into Havana and became the dictator of Cuba

Confiscated property from the richer upper classes and old government officials

Used the Bay of Pigs to nullify the democratic constitution to bring about a tighter grip on the country by supporting a Socialist regime. “I am a Marxist-Leninist, and I shall be one until the last day of my life.”

Economic Policies

Increased sugar production to 10 million tons by 1970; this failed.

The price of sugar fell to ½ of what it was in 1963

Most equal distribution of income in all of the Americas.

Incredibly dependent on foreign economic aid from the USSR

Castro heavily focused on land reform with the Agrarian Reform Laws of Cuba


DISSIDENTS OF THE REGIME

One major country that stood against Castro-- U.S.

First communist country in Western Hemisphere

Agrarian Land Reform Bill

Bay of Pigs

Cuban Missile Crisis

Castro took steps to prevent a large base of people against him

WOMEN’S ROLES

Impressive accomplishments regarding gender equality
Culture of Machismo
Cuban women became the envy of most other female populations in Latin America.

ARTS & EDUCATION

Granted them essential social services like free healthcare and education (to the highest level) & the right to freely express yourself

All students receive education in math, reading, the sciences, arts, humanities, social responsibility, civics and participatory citizenship.

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