Fidel Castro & the Cuban Revolution


The Cuban Revolution took place between July 26, 1953, to January 1, 1959. Fidel Castro was a revolutionary leader who was a big part of it. Castro formed an attack on the President of Cuba during that time, Fulgencio Batista, to overthrow him and take away his power. The revolution was mostly an uprising to U.S imperialism. Batista was supported by the U.S. "For years, the United States supported Batista because he kept order with an iron hand," says The New York Times Magazines for High School. He was corrupt and his dictatorship impacted Cuban citizens, as well as Castro. The economy and it's people suffered greatly. Alongside Castro were his brother Raul and Ernesto "Che" Guevara. His first attack on the Moncada Barracks fails and he is captured and sentenced to 15 years in prison, but later is released by Batista himself. This allowed Castro to plan his next move and to finally run Batista out of Cuba on January 1, 1959.

How was Cuba before the revolution?

The economy of Cuba grew because of the sale of sugar to the U.S. Cuba was ranked fifth in the hemisphere in per capita income. It was third in life expectancy and second in ownership of automobiles and telephones. The literacy rate was 76%, which was the fourth highest in Latin America. For the unfortunate, sugarcane cutters only worked four months a year because it was a seasonal job. They were unemployed and had a lot of debts. Life for Cubans post-revolution was difficult, but not as difficult as the poor had it. The limitations Castro had been the big issue for Cuban citizens after the revolution.


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The First Three Sources

1. This source is an article from History,com. The purpose of the article was to give information on the fall of Batista's dictatorship. It gives a short explanation on the Cuban Revolution. It doesn't give much information on Castro's life, which the project is supposed to be focusing on along with the revolution.

2. This source is also an article from The purpose of the article is to give an insight on Fidel Castro's life. This project focuses on Castro's participation in the Cuban Revolution, which helps give information in accordance to the revolution. It limits information on Castro's life before and after the revolution as well.

3. This source is a general text and an encyclopedia. The purpose of the source is to give an insight on the political life of Castro. It helps to give information on his involvement in the revolution, but his political views and actions. It only gives information on Castro and not so much on other leaders like Batista.