By Aviva Chomsky
A heritage of the Cuban Revolution provides a concise socio-historical account of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, an occasion that keeps to spark debate 50 years later. Balances a accomplished evaluation of the political and financial occasions of the revolution with a glance on the revolution’s social impactProvides a full of life, on-the-ground examine the lives of standard peopleFeatures either U.S. and Cuban views to supply a whole and well-rounded examine the revolution and its repercussionsEncourages scholars to appreciate historical past throughout the standpoint of people residing itSelected as a 2011 remarkable educational identify via selection
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S. living rooms. “He has strong ideas of liberty, democracy, social justice, the need to restore the Constitution, to hold elections,” Matthews reported. ”48 Until March of 1958, the United States stood behind its ally Batista, supplying his government with arms and ammunition. Just as the rebels were unifying and gaining strength, the government lost its most important pillar of support when the United States cut off military aid. What Batista hoped would be a final offensive against the rebels in the summer of 1958 failed, and the rebel counteroffensive that begin in August proved inexorable.
And they invoked the colony, recalling the old association of colonial status with slavery. Once again, white foreigners were bringing blacks into the country to work on their plantations. 15 The colony also lived on in the export economy and the economic distortions it entailed. Foreign capital and foreign products poured into the country after independence, but they did not create a rising tide that lifted all boats. Instead, the sugar boom displaced small farmers and provided meager wages. Rural folk flocked to the cities in search of jobs and a better life, but urban infrastructure served the wealthy and the small middle classes, not the burgeoning slums.
It was not until 1958 that the 38 A History of the Cuban Revolution July 26th Movement emerged as the conclusive leader of the struggle. ”40 In a way, it’s a backwards-looking history that now proclaims the Moncada attack as the first shot of the Revolution. At the time, it appeared to be one more crazy, failed scheme. If the Moncada attack came to symbolize the opening of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro’s return to the island after being released from prison and sent into exile in Mexico, with some 80 other revolutionaries on the yacht Granma in 1956, constitutes the second act.