Different Perspectives of Cuban Revolution

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Different Perspectives of Cuban Revolution


The measures taken by Castro and explicitly stated by him at his trial in 1954, from the very beginning of his anti-Batista movement illustrate his initial desires to reform Cuba and ultimately increase its standard of living. Different understandings can be perceived by reading various books and documents that focus on the political changes shaping Cuba’s modern-day society. Each illustrates different aspects of the insurrection while simultaneously giving the reader an accurate depiction of the historical occurrences. Authors Perez-Stable and Patterson focus on the turbulent circumstances that lead Cuba through the various leaders, each with his own agenda trying to better the lives of Cuban citizens. In the speech given by Castro at his own trial entitled, "History Will Absolve Me", Castro outlines the ideologies and beliefs that justify his reasons for initiating his revolutionary movement against Fulgencio Batista. The document of the "Program Manifesto of the 26th of July Movement", gives a first-hand understanding of what Castro and his group of supporters were going to fight to achieve through a Revolution. Finally, one can understand the tribulations that these men overcame when reading through Guevara’s perspective found in his chapter titled, "One Year of Armed Struggle". By understanding how Castro’s movement began and how it evolved, one can note the key components of the changes and reforms being demanded of the Cuban government during the 1950’s.


Within the first two chapters of author Perez-Stable’s book, The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course and Legacy, he focuses much on economic aspects of Cuba’s dependence on the United S...

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The different perceptions obtained from reading Perez-Stable and Patterson allow the reader to realize different realities of the Cuban Revolution. In conjunction with these two works, reading Guevara’s perception of the Revolution divulges information that one would only be acquainted with had they too taken part in the Revolution. The Program Manifesto of the 26th of July Movement along with Castro’s speech, "History Will Absolve Me", give accurate assessments of the reforms Castro wanted people to believe he would enforce through his policies. Because of his failure to comply with his promises for successful economic reform, one can conclude that although the actual Revolution was deemed successful, he did not actually achieve what he initially deemed possible to the Cuban people.
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