Leadership Before and After the Cuban Revolution
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The paper discusses how the Cuban Revolution provided a turning point in Cuba following the victory of Fidel Castro over Fulgencio Batista and his corrupt government. The paper describes how Batista was a leader who displayed a blatant disregard for the needs of the citizens while Castro emerged as an individual with the potential to change the country. The paper points out both the resilience of Castro and the positive changes he introduced throughout Cuba in his position of leadership.
From the Paper:"The Cuban population faced a certain style of living during the 1940's and 1950's. They lived under the rule of the dictator, Fulgencio Batista, during most of this time period. Batista was indifferent to the concerns of the citizens. (Chomsky, Aviva, Barry Carr, and Smorkaloff) The state of Cuba under Batista's rule may be summarized by President John F. Kennedy's statement, "I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country's policies during the Batista regime. I approved the proclamation which Fidel Castro made in the Sierra Maestra, when he justifiably called for justice and especially yearned to rid Cuba of corruption. I will even go further: to some extent it is as though Batista was the incarnation of a number of sins on the part of the United States. Now we shall have to pay for those sins. In the matter of the Batista regime, I am in agreement with the first Cuban revolutionaries. That is perfectly clear." (Szulc) One issue of major concern was the high unemployment rate during Batista's reign. The citizens were also troubled by the limited water infrastructure."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Chomsky, Aviva, Barry Carr, and Pamela Maria Smorkaloff. The Cuba Reader, History, Culture, Politics. Duke University Press Books, 2003. Print.
- Duncan, W. Raymond. The Soviet Union and Cuba. New York: Praeger Publishing, 1985. Print.
- Quirk, Robert E. Fidel Castro. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Ltd., 1995. Print.
- Szulc, Tad. Fidel, A Critical Portrait. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2002. Print.
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