Cuba's Government and Ernesto Guevara

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1464 words

Cuba's Government and Ernesto Guevara

Ernesto “Che” Guevara Che Guevara was the Argentine born Marxist guerrilla who helped oust the corrupt Cuban government and set up a communist system 90 miles from the US. Che under the leadership of Fidel Castro helped lead a small guerrilla band of soldiers to take over the country. After the old government was out Che helped Castro decide communism as the way to go for Cuba. He helped Castro try to quickly industrialize the country, set up social reforms to try, and make Cuba a better place for its citizens. Che supported the struggle against imperialism by taking bands of guerrillas to Congo and Bolivia to help with revolutions there. Ernesto Guevara was born May 14, 1928 in Rosario, Argentina. He was born to Ernesto Guevara Lynch and Celia de la Serna, two Argentines that were fairly well off at the time. At two years old, Che was diagnosed with asthma, which could plague him for the rest of his life. His asthma affected his family’s life, forcing them to move until they found a place where his asthma could be stabilized. Che was home schooled until the age of nine because of his illness. Guevara took after his mother in that he was attracted to danger and he ended up with his father’s temper. Guevara did all right in school, but it wasn’t until he got to college that he started to shine. At first Che wanted to study engineering at the University. After the death of his grandmother Che decided to study medicines instead of engineering. He was accepted to the University of Buenos Aires to study medicine. By college, his parents were separated, though still married, and Che became to come into his own. He worked part time jobs while he was in school to help pay for his needs. Che started to take weekend hitchhiking trips across Argentina. After awhile the trips started getting longer as he began to want to see more and more of Latino America. Che was introduces to Fidel Castro, the young Cuban revolutionary, in Mexico City in 1955. After several hours of talking Fidel invited Che to join the guerrilla movement. Che accepted on the spot, he was to take on the position of being the group’s doctor. After receiving military training Che was quickly promoted as an officer in Castro’s ranks. In 1956 almost all of Castro’s group was arrested officially for breaking Mexico’s immigration laws, despite the media frenzy sayin...

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...ed for what he believed in, the fight against imperialism. This courage is what made the Argentine born Marxist such an inspirational figure around the world. Che was a symbol of hope and a better life for the people of Cuba, and the world.


Works Cited

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In this essay, the author

  • Describes ernesto guevara as an argentine born marxist guerrilla who helped oust the corrupt cuban government and set up a communist system 90 miles from the us.
  • Describes how che was introduced to fidel castro, the young cuban revolutionary, in mexico city in 1955. after receiving military training, he was promoted as an officer in castro’s ranks.
  • Describes how the guerrillas started to have an effect all across cuba. fidel set up groups of men in all the towns and cities he conquered to help keep law and order.
  • Analyzes how che guevara resigned his position and disappeared from public site in 1965 to help the "struggle against imperialism" around the world.
  • Analyzes how che guevara was taken captive and positively identified by bolivian authorities, claiming to have failed in his cuban mission. the argentine born marxist inspired thousands to take a stand against imperialistic governments.
  • Describes castaneda, jorge g. companero: the life and death of che guevara.
  • Describes harris, richard, death of a revolutionary: che guevara’s last mission, new york: w.w. norton, 1970.
  • Opines that perez - stable, marifeli, the cuban revolution: origins, course and legacy.
  • Opines that cuba buries che, the man, but keeps the myth alive.
  • Analyzes ryan, henry butterfield's "a look at...myths of cuba: che guevara: the triumph mystique." washington post, 2 november 1997.
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