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History of Cuba
Midterm Essay
November 14, 2012

You are the Cuban Revolution’s New Man or Woman. Explain to Fidel and Raul what it means in terms of your principles in the work place? What does it mean in terms of gender relations? What type of society do you want to bring about and what influences are dangerous to the utopia you wish to create? What threat does the United States pose to this new order? Be Specific here. Fidel does not like generalities. He wants to make sure you know the material.

Well my friend, for the majority of Cuba's history our people have had to deal with outside influences that have taken advantage of our island; first from the Spanish and then the United States. Both countries have established industries and have suppressed the Cuban people taking away what was rightfully ours. Not once have we worked for the good of our country, until the revolution took place in the late 1950's. The end of the Batista regime has brought improvements throughout Cuba; for women as well as for Afro-Cubans, it has bettered education, has brought US industries in Cuba under Cuban control, and has allowed us to take back our country. For this reason, I am proud to say that I am the Revolution's new woman. As Cuba's new woman, it is my duty to serve Cuba and keep the Revolution alive. I understand that in order to do this, materialistic principles have to be removed, leading to a decrease in the wages of workers like myself. The decrease in wages has helped stabilize the Cuban economy and has helped maintain our socialist society; we must work and sacrifice for the betterment of our country, not only in the workplace but also as philanthropists. It is my duty as a Cuban citizen to complete volunteer work in order to create a better moral society that is focused on moral incentives rather than material nonsense. The literacy campaign in 1961imposed throughout Cuba is a great example of this volunteer work; it mobilized Cubans in a national crusade to...
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