Cuban Revolution: Success or Failure?
A revolution is known as being an activity or movement designed to effect fundamental changes in the socioeconomic situation. Cuba during the decade of the 1950's experienced this type of rebellion in search for an enhanced and better-developed society, independent of all outside domination. Cuban citizens were at a point where they needed to be free and be able to enforce the constitution established in 1940, which included amendments stating that Cuba should be a "democratic republic
shall not conclude or ratify pacts or treaties that in any form limit or menace national sovereignty or the integrity of the territory," and such. I chose this topic because there has been so much controversy surrounding the Cuban Revolution and I wanted to see first hand whether or not it was a good idea or not.
In the late 1950's the current president, Fidel Castro commenced the revolution in Cuba. He, a leader of the student movement, as well as his followers that opposed the Batista regime, "rebelled against the former president, in pursuit of a better and improved Cuba" (Trento). Under Fulgencio Batista, Cuba was a very backward country, in Castro's eyes and he believed that it was in need for a revolution. He wanted to eliminate things such as gambling and prostitution and wanted to bring about new political ideas (Sherrow). Castro organized several movements, such as the one called, "The Twenty Sixth of July," for this purpose.
During the time of the elections in 1952, Batista gained control over the government and became a dictator. The Orthodox Party, which was lead by Castro, at that time, became illegal as soon as Batista became the ruler of the island. Batista declared that "there would be no elections, for he was the only person in charge of Cuba" (Goldston). Castro immediately became aware of this corruption occurring in Cuba and he knew that he had to take action. When this occurred, the Orthodox Party...
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