Fidel Castro

Rise of Authoritarian State

By: Angela Martinez


When Fidel Castro was enrolled into School of Law of the University of Havana, he decided that he wanted to focus on politics. During that time when he was in college, his main attention was on how he felt that the government was corrupted and how many people in Cuba especially the poor were struggling. As he later graduates from law school, he decides that he wanted to run for Cuban Congress elections in 1952. When formal president from Cuba, Fulgencio Batista came back for the elections, he then took over the country and got rid of the elections. Castro was furious on what he did. Castro decided to form a movement to take down Batista. According to Fidel Castro Biography by Ellen R. Butts and Joyce R. Schwartz, "Fidel recruited about 150 men and women willing to fight against the Batista government. He organized his recruits into small units and demanded their total loyalty. " (Butts & Schwartz 40) With the number of people he had for his movement, he ended up failing his mission and got sent to jail. After being in jail for about two years, Castro goes to Mexico where he decides to build another rebellion against Batista then later becoming the 26th of July Movement. With the defeat of Batista's army, Castro's movement succeeds in getting rid of Batista. Castro ends up becoming the new leader of Cuba in 1959. As being the prime minister of Cuba, Castro made many changes throughout Cuba that affected the people. Not only did it affect Cuba and the people, but also affected other countries like the United States, the Soviet Union leading to huge events like the Cuban Missile Crisis.

What were some similarities and differences between Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara?

During the time that Fidel Castro went to Mexico in 1955, he met a revolutionist named Ernesto "Che" Guevara. When they meet for the very first time, they ended up getting along so well that Guevara decided to join Castro rebellion. Since then he has been working with Castro by his side during the Cuban Revolution. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara share some similarities and some differences. One similarity that they had was that they at one point despite the U.S. During the time that Guevara went to Mexico, he witnessed what the military corp was doing in Bolivia. Castro's hate towards the United States came along when the United States felt that Castro was a threat when he gave out the speeches about the United States. Some differences that Fidel Castro and Che Guevara had was that they study for different careers. Che Guevara studied medicine as well as being a photographer and author. Fidel Castro mainly focused on studying politics. Another difference that they have is that they have different thoughts about certain situations. For example, when Castro made a deal with the Soviet Union he throughout about how much they are helping Cuba. (Forming Allies) Che Guevara had a different view of the Soviet Union. He thought that it was a going idea of cooperating with the Soviet Union after the incident of the Missile Crisis. Castro and Guevara were known as one of greatest leaders of the Cuban Revolution.

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The History website provides information about key events that occurred in the past. The article describes the biography of Fidel Castro as well as the actions that he made. Gives out important key events but only focuses on what he did during the 1960s.
"Che Guevara (1928-1967)." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2015. <>

This article came from a Pbs website. In the section on Fidel Castro, theirs information about other people that played a big apart of on Fidel Castro's life. Gives out a summary of the person's life.
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This book got publish in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This book focuses on the biography of Fidel Castro. Gives out important details that happened throughout his life. In this book, they only talk about Fidel Castro but didn't talk about all the things that happened.

Butts, Ellen R., and Joyce R. Schwartz. Fidel Castro Biography. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications, 2005. Print.

This book got publish in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The author has done other biographies and articles. In this book, he gives out information about Fidel Castro's life and important events. Gives out events that are in detailed.


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