Fidel Castro

By: Maryam Abdi

Essential Question:

How has Fidel Castro recreated the controlled Cuban government?

About El Jefe

Fidel Castro was born on August 13, 1926 and ruled Cuba from 1976 to 2008 when he then turned his power over to his brother, Raul Castro, who still rules Cuba to this day. Fidel was the third born of six children in his family. His father was a rich sugar plantation owner who came across from Spain. At seventeen, Castro changed his name from Ruz to Castro because he was formally recognized by his father. Fidel became passionate about social justice and traveled to the Dominican Republic to overthrow Trujillo. Though it failed before it started, Castro did not change his passion. Using the army that he had, and the power he had gained from becoming the Chief of the military, Castro used his army in 1958 to have a series of successful military campaigns to take key cities and towns. In January of 1959, the former president Batista fled to the Dominican Republic and Castro took over at the age of thirty two. Under Castro 8,200 disappearances of civilians took place, even more than that because it is just an estimate. Up to December 15, 2008, there were said to be 5,132 executions. Adding also 515 deaths in prison for lack of medical attention. To describe what he is like, he is highly neurotic and has an unstable personality effected by high, and is emotionally unstable and looses his contact with reality when making decisions. He is also said to have depression or overexcited state, and addiction, or an increase in suspicion to the point of withdrawal from reality.

Video of Fidel Castro

This video shows a Fidel Castro being interviewed by Barbara Walters on ABC. The video deals with the differences between the American point of view for freedom and the Cuban point of view for freedom. In the video, Fidel continues to talk about socialism and how it works for the Cuban government.
20/20 Fidel Castro interview - Barbara Walters [3of6]

Talking about the interview

In the interview, Fidel focuses on the point that both the United States of America and the Cuban government do not have the same standards of freedom that is written in the constitution. He brings this up on multiple points in the interview including, from years ago when he did an interview with Barbra Walters he brought up the point that socialism works for Cubans which does not mean that it works for other countries. He brought up multiple countries much like China and Vietnam and how their view on socialism is working in which he replies not very well. Though, he tries to defend the socialistic view and defends what he has built up to make for the last few generations.

Fidel Castro

He rose up for the people,
He fought for the wrong that had been done,
He fought for peace.

He earned his place in the hearts,
of all the Cubans heart's like no one had done before,
but only at a cost.

He had connections,
He had gained power unimagined,
He had become the destined villain.

He had once fought for freedom,
He now stands besides the enemy,
He now stands besides power.

He loves power,
Ravishes in power,
Saves and destroys lives,
With power.

He created the stable society,
He gave everyone a chance,
He gave everyone a life.

What was once a prosperous nation,
Now falls victim to the God standing above,
Enjoying the view of his new nation.

So he will enjoy it while it lasts,
His power is still in tact,
So bow, before the might,
Of Fidel Castro.