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Unformatted text preview: 016 : 017 : SCA Ivers; Tues. 6-830pm One World, Two Sides When we begin to learn about a nations history, it is important to note whose work you are reading, or what source supplies the information. Many historical sources are biased, and only give us one side of the story. When we come across historical events that involved our own country, it is especially important to pay attention to bias since nationalism runs through American veins unconditionally. A major historical event, known as the Cuban Revolution, has been documented by both Americans and Cubans. When examining the work of Jules R. Benjamin, The United States and the Origins of the Cuban Revolution , and the work of Miguel Barnet, Biography of a Runaway Slave , we can clearly see different notions about the relationship between the United States and Cuba, and what role each country played in the revolution. An obvious distinction about each book is what point of view it was written from. Benjamins book is written as a third-person narrative, meaning he is clearly not involved in the events between Cuba and the United States. On the other hand, Barnets book was written after an in depth interview with the former slave himself, Esteban Montejo. Montejo actually lived through the revolution, so he is the only and primary source; however, Benjamins book is a composition of research compiled over the century. Determining the point of view of a book is very important because we are able to understand any biased statements. Benjamins work begins by describing the reasons why the United States wanted to annex Cuba. He states that the United States saw itself as benefiting Cuba by exerting to annex Cuba....
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- Spring '08