2007-05-17 CPSP Cuba

2007-05-17 CPSP Cuba - Alan VanToai May 12, 2007 CPSP188R...

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Alan VanToai May 12, 2007 CPSP188R Politics of Cuba: Fidel Castro Fidel Castro, born Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, is today one of the more controversial political leaders around the world. His regime has a history which includes some of the most violent coups in recent times. Of the many significant political events that Castro has been involved in, the Cuban Revolution and the Bay of Pigs stand out as two of the most unbelievable and intriguing. In understanding the history and timeline of these events, one can better understand Castro and his regime as Prime Minister of Cuba. In the 1950s, Dictator Fulgencio Batista held Cuba under his rule (Gott). Problems in Cuba and civil unrest led to a string of revolutionist revolts starting with the guerrilla attack on the Moncada Barracks in mid-1953. Of the over 100 fighters, only 70 survived, among them Fidel Castro (Thomas). He went to trial and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, which was when he gave his famous, “history will absolve me,” speech. During this time, Batista was put under a lot of political pressure and eventually agreed to let release all political prisoners, including the Moncada attackers (Thomas). Thus, Fidel Castro was freed after only a 2 year stay in prison. Castro moved on to Mexico where he assembled a new group of exiled Cubans to carry out his next coup.
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This note was uploaded on 05/14/2008 for the course CPSP 118R taught by Professor Ray during the Winter '06 term at Maryland.

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