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Lecture 9

HIST 1F96 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: History Will Absolve Me, Brothel, Fidel Castro

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Tami Friedman

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The Ultimate Act of Deviance: The Cuban Revolution:
March 11th, 2014
The Pre-Revolutionary Era:
-A kind of moderate reform group ran Cuba
-Fulgencio Batista established a system of one-man rule
Eliminated labour unions
Closed press
Fired judges
Very brutal military and secret police
Ran a corrupt government
-Had a friendly relationship with President Eisenhower
-Cuba became the “whore house” for Americans – prostitution, gambling, etc.
The Road to Revolution:
-Young people ran the revolution (including Fidel Castro)
-Fidel Castro and his brother led a rebellion on the Mocada Barracks (1953)
Castro was exiled to Mexico
Began to create a group of rebels who fought Guerilla style
Created resistance to Batista regime
Middle and lower class teamed with Castro
Won widespread American sympathy
About 200 young American men volunteered to fight with the guerillas
Batista left (1958) Cuba as the pressure was against him
History Will Absolve Me (1953): Castro’s speech at Mocada Barracks;
criticized Cuban society; declares he and his comrades have a right to revolt
against tyranny
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