Castro's Impact Of The Cuban Revolution

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Castro formally declared Cuba a socialist state on May of 1961. In his historic 2014 trip to Cuba Obama, to the surprise of many, justified the revolution of 1959 arguing that like the US’s 1776 revolution, it had taken unavoidable measures against terrible injustices. Why the Cuban revolution took a Communist turn has much to do with the island’s cruel history, specifically, the long line of leaders who were ready to sell Cuba to the highest bidder.
The island saw much political unrest after the inclusion of the Platt Amendment in its constitution, guaranteeing the United States’ rights to intervene freely in the island under any pretext. U.S. business interests were secured by various “puppet” leaders and prioritized over the needs of the
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During this time, the country saw intense social and economic inequality and for this reason, Castro would later gain much support from peasants who had no opportunities for social mobility, with his promises of agrarian reform. There was no preventing a revolution at this point. The Anti-imperialist attitudes and feelings of resentment toward the United States were already in place, Castro simply organized and reenergized the discontent in favor of his revolution. Castro and his followers pledged to take Cuba back and restore it from what Batista, wrapped around the U.S.’s finger, had turned it into, “the brothel of the New World”. Connections between Batista, the US, capitalism and evil were easy to make. Batista needed to be overthrown, but the country also needed to purge itself of capitalism, the root of all evil in Cuba and impinge upon U.,S. interests. Castro’s anti-imperialism was uncontestable, but perhaps, the reason why the U.S. could not find evidence of the young man’s communist ties was that there weren’t any at the time. Some argue Castro’s communism was an afterthought. As a man of opportunities, Castro needed to use ever viable resource to resist the superpower that was the United States and maintain the island afloat for the …show more content…
This curiously helped the revolution by radicalizing the island. Those who were left in Cuba were either in favor of Castro, or lacked the funds to leave the island, and thus, might be interested in Castro’s reforms for

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