Fidel Castro

communist leader of cuba

Early Life

  • Born on august 13 1926 in Mayari, Cuba. He was the son of a wealthy spanish planter.

  • He was educated by the jesuits and studied law at the university of havana

  • Active in the latin american revolutionary politics throughout his youth.

  • When he began practicing law in 1950, he specialized in public-interest law and often represented the poor free of charge.

  • He was a candidate for the parliament in 1952, representing the orthodox party that wanted to reduce government corruption and and pursue social reform.



Taking Control

  • After being released from prison after 19 months, Castro went to mexico and met Ernesto Guevara.

  • They organized a plan to overthrow the Cuban leader, Batista. They used guerilla warfare alongside a boatload of insurgents.

  • In 1958, they conducted a series of successful military campaigns to throughout Cuba to capture and hold key areas of the country.

  • Batista’s government fell from Castro’s efforts and he fled to the Dominican Republic in January, 1959.

  • In February 1959, Castro was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Cuba.


Communism and Leadership

  • After being released from prison after 19 months, Castro went to mexico and met Ernesto Guevara.

  • they organized a plan to overthrow the Cuban leader, Batista. They used guerilla warfare alongside a boatload of insurgents.

  • in 1958, they conducted a series of successful military campaigns to throughout Cuba to capture and hold key areas of the country.

  • Batista’s government fell from Castro’s efforts and he fled to the Dominican Republic in January, 1959.

  • In February 1959, Castro was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Cuba.
  • During the Vietnam War, Castro supported the North Vietnamese.
  • Castro was friends with several world dictators.


Fidel Castro speaks English to American reporters

A Dictator is a man of the people

A socialist dictator must prove to be for the common man. In this clip, Fidel Castro reaches out to the American citizens to gain their sympathy. He talks about how he loves them, but also talks badly about the US government. He even says the media are good people, but they work for the American monopoly, the US government. He says that's the only reason they say bad things about him and Cuba. If a socialist dictator is to be successful, they must win the minds of the common person, and that is what he was doing in this video.

Dear America, by Fidel Castro

America, you are a land of wonderful people, but you are living the lie told to you by your government. Capitalism is a way for the rich and powerful to control the common man. You will never have full freedom if you don't shed the bonds of capitalism and embrace the communist way of life. You must embrace the communal ways and shed the greed and controlling ways of the American capitalistic system. In Cuba, we all live as equals. We all share in all aspects of life. Just as your government blocks visiting Cuba and doing trade with Cuba, you should be fighting them, as we fought our oppressors in Cuba many years ago.


Join me, and embrace me as you're leader America. Only then will you see true Freedom.


Fidel Castro

Th Essential Question

How did Fidel Castro manage to stay in power for so long and keep his Communist system?