Ernesto "Che" Guevara Essay

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A. Plan of Investigation
Question: Was Ernesto “Che” Guevara the revolutionary hero as depicted in today’s pop culture, or was he a vicious murderer, obsessed with the destruction of capitalism?
Methods: This investigation will describe Che Guevara’s involvement in Latin American independence movements, focusing specifically on his involvement with Fidel Castro’s “26th of July” movement. His actions and words will be analyzed, and his conduct this period of political upheaval will be used as evidence in order to answer the investigative question.

B. Summary of Evidence
1. Guevara’s Revolutionary Involvement from 1928-1954
Ernesto Guevara, born in 1928 in Rosario, Argentina, was not born poor. He lived in middle-class comfort,
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On October 8th, 1967, the Bolivian army finally captured Che. Despite US pleas to keep Guevara alive, the Bolivian government deemed Guevara too dangerous to leave alive, and he was executed on October 9th.

C. Evaluation of Sources
The first source used for this investigation was:
Guevara, Ernesto. On Economic Growth & Imperialism. Ministerial Meeting of the Inter-American Economic and Social Council. Punta del Este, Uruguay. 8 August 1961
Che Guevara gave this speech to the Inter-American Economic and Social Council with the purpose of alerting them to the dangers of capitalism and imperialism. The value of this source is that it is an account given by Ernesto “Che” Guevara himself, describing his outlook on the political institutions of the modern day. The limitations of the source include the fact that as a speech, the speaker can choose what information they want to be withheld from the speech, making it a one-sided and biased argument.
The second source used to formulate this investigation was:
Anderson, Jon Lee. Che Guevara: a Revolutionary Life. New York: Grove, 1998. Print.
Jon Lee Anderson, the author of this text, gives an objective perspective to the story of Che’s life, and Anderson is able to objectively analyze the facts of Che’s life, giving the source its value. With many first-hand accounts, gathered from interviews from around Latin America, Anderson creates a biography of much historical validity and allows the reader

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