Fidel Castro

Cuban Revolution

Overview

Fidel Castro was born in Mayari, Province of Oriente, on August 1926. Castro enrolled in the college of Belen, the best school in the Havana. Fidel started to gain interest in law because his school was famous for that. He then graduated in 1950 with a law degree. Castro was against Fulgencio Batista, president of Cuba from 1940 to 1944 and dictator from 1952 to 1959, and was determined to make a revolution. Castro's first attempt to overthrow Batista was on July 26, 1953. Castro and a large group of rebels attacked the Moncada barracks, a military base in Santiago Cuba, at dawn. Many people were killed and arrested in this attack, yet Castro escaped and later was arrested. Castro had to attend a pubic trial where his most famous quote " History will absolve me" was born. Castro was sentenced to fifteen years of prison, but he was released in1955. After his releasing, Castro and Raul Castro, brother of Fidel Castro, traveled to Mexico to form a group in order to prepare the next step in the revolution. Many people who no longer supported Cuba's government or who were kicked out of Cuba joined the 26th of July movement. The 26th of July movement was named after the first attack Castro made. According to Christopher Minster " The Cuban Revolution", among the recruiters were Camilo Cienfuegos and Ernesto "Che" Guevara, important contributors to the Cuban revolution. Eighty-two men crowded into a yacht called Granma and sailed to Cuba for the revolution. Batista was aware of Castro's arrival and sent out troops to kill Castro and his companions. This didn't work out for Batista because, a lot of people turned against him and therefore Castro maintained alive. By the end on 1958 Castro had gained a lot of support from different parts of Cuba. Finally in 1959 Batista ran away from the Havana and on January 9th Castro became the prime minister of Cuba. Later Castro became the president of Cuba from 1976 to 2008.

What were some similarities and differences between Castro and Batista?

Fidel Castro and Fulgencio Batista were very much alike yet very different. One of their biggest similarity was the way they both became leaders of Cuba. Batista overthrew Gerardo Macho by using military force just like later Castro overthrew Batista using military force. Batista and Castro became well liked by the Cubans but later disliked because of their dictatorship. One thing that made Cubans think that Castro was different, in a good way, from Batista was that Castro made Cuba's economy better. Both Castro and Batista were also being corrupt when they were in power. In my opinion, Castro and Batista were very similar leaders; the only difference between them is that Castro provided Cuba with more benefits while taking their human rights away.

Bibliography

1) "Cuba: Fidel Castro's Abusive Machinery Remains Intact." Human Rights Watch. N.p., 18 Feb. 2008. Web. 18 Sept. 2015. <https://www.hrw.org/news/2008/02/18/cuba-fidel-castros-abusive-machinery-remains-intact>.

The article, Fidel Castro Biography, was published by the A&E Television Network. The article does not provide the authors name and the date it was published. Not knowing when it was published can make it less valuable because pieces of information might be missing. The audience for this article would be people who are trying to learn about Fidel Castro's life. The Article talks all about Fidel Castros life and the revolution. The reader is able to clearly track the events mentioned in the article. The article does not go in detail about how Cubans felt after he became the leader.


2) Minster, Christopher. "The Cuban Revolution." About Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2015. <http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/historyofthecaribbean/p/08cubanrevo.htm>.

The article, The Cuban Revolution, was written by Christopher Minister, an expert in latin American history. This source talked about the Cuban revolution and how Fidel Castro came to power. The intended audience for this article was anyone who would like to know more about the history of Cuba. The reader is given a lot of detail about Fidel's early life all the way until he became the leader of Cuba. A limitation for the article is that the date in which it was written is not provided. The reader is also only looking at the point of view of the government and the citizens of Cuba during the revolution.


3) "123help." The Similarities And Differences Of Batistas And Castros Affects O :: Essays Research Papers Fc. N.p., 2015. Web. 18 Sept. 2015. <http://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=92673>.

The article, Cuba: Fidel Castro's Abusive Machinery Remains Intact, was public in 2008. This makes the article less valuable because six years have passed since the article was published and things have changed. This article does not provide the name of the writer which, makes it less valuable. The article talks about the way that Cuban's human rights were taken away from them. The article provides proof of what it is talking about by giving some statistics.

4) Julia E. Sweig. "Cuba After Communism." Foreign Affairs. N.p., 15 Sept. 2015. Web. 18 Sept. 2015. <https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/cuba/2013-06-11/cuba-after-communism>.

5) Nguyen, Ngoc. "Fidel Castro." Fidel Castro and The Cuban Revolution. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2015.

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Work Cited

"Fidel Castro | Political Leader of Cuba." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2015. <http://www.britannica.com/biography/Fidel-Castro>.