Fidel Castro Rising to Power

By: Isabel Cruz

Fidel Castro and His Rise to Power

Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba in 1976 by overthrowing Batista's government during the Cuban Revolution. In the Cuban Revolution, Castro and his supporters were able to attract the attention from Cubans by saying he would better the country. Fulgencio Batista had close-ties with the United States, however, the increase of corruption and brutality in the Batista government made the U.S. withdraw their support. Cubans were not in favor of Batista and how he ruled the country because the poor remained poor. This made it easier for Castro to come into power with communism because Cubans were desperate for a new Cuba. After Batista fled the country, Castro was able to invade Havana. The U.S. was in a scurry to find somebody to come in between Batista and Castro, but failed to do so. Soon enough, Castro became a part of the Cuban government. One main person who was able to help Castro succeed in the Cuban Revolution is Ernesto Guevara, most commonly known as Che Guevara. Guevara and Castro became good friends. Both Guevara and Castro opposed the United States' domination in Latin America. According to History.com Staff, "Guevara resigned- some say he was dismissed- from his Cuban government post in April 1965, possibly over differences with Castro about the nation's economic and foreign policies." (History.com Staff) The U.S. became more fearful of Castro after finding out that Castro was having close-ties with the Soviet Union. The U.S. continued to find ways to get Castro out of power but were never successful.

Research Question

How did Castro impact Cuba's government for the people? Did he do so in a good or bad manner?

Castro was able to better the lives of the Cuban citizens by giving education and health care to all of Cuba. History.com Staff states "During that time, Castro's regime was successful in reducing illiteracy, stamping out racism and improving public health care, but was widely criticized for stifling economy and political freedoms." Not only did Castro accomplish what I stated above, but Castro was able to bring electricity to the countryside, provide full employment of education and health care, and built new schools and medical facilities. However, Castro closed down opposition newspapers, jailed thousands of political opponents, and made no move toward elections. Many say that Castro, being a Communist, was a terrible leader and hurt Cuba by taking away human rights. On the other hand, people will say that Castro was able to lift up the hardships weighing down on the Cubans.

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