Fidel Castro 's Rule Over Cuba

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Since 1959, Fidel Castro, the guerrilla fighter in Cuba who deposed the US backed leader Batista, has been a topic of global conversation and debate. His actions, reactions, interactions, persona, psychological state, popularity, and the efficacy of his rule, however, are difficult to debate globally because of a vast array of information, misinformation, and narratives. Having been continuously marred by political agendas raises the question of whether or not we will ever be able to know the full truth of the situation. However, as is often the case with history, it must be examined to see what is more important, the truth of the situation or the legacy. The narrative of the first three years of Fidel Castro’s rule over Cuba has shifted dramatically from day one, as well as shifted across geographical location due to differing political motives, specifically those of America. These shifts have dramatically impacted the people of Cuba’s quality of life, for better and for worse at different times. This essay will examine the legitimacy of each narrative. For the purpose of this essay the narratives have been groups into two major opposing ideas, and will examine the origin, shifting, and impact of each narrative. The two narratives are: the older, classic, Cold War narrative which villainizes Castro from the beginning; and the newer revised narrative which analyzes the older in order to determine the legitimacy of the governments justification of its attempts to rid the world of Castro and his popular brand of communism. This essay will also examine aspects which are generally left out of the narrative due to the Americentrism of the subject. Often, the roll, position and perspective of countries other than America are ignored... ... middle of paper ... ...wealth it was likely because of the sheer extent of their wealth and disinterest in sharing with, or caring for, their fellow Cubans, with the consequences evident under the Batista regime. The other groups to suffer were not Cubans at all, but foreigners who took advantage of the lack of human rights under Batista. This drastic drop in their quality of life explains their reasons for leaving, as well as their resentment and military aggression against the man who brought autonomy to so many of their fellow countrymen. Having gone from the political and economic elite to just another citizen, especially one who is now the target of disdain from the majority of people rather than the goal to be idolized and strived for likely created intense status anxiety which was handled through, as is typically the case, resistance; through economic, political, and military means.

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