By Aviva Chomsky
A heritage of the Cuban Revolution provides a concise socio-historical account of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, an occasion that maintains to spark debate 50 years later. Balances a finished assessment of the political and monetary occasions of the revolution with a glance on the revolution’s social impactProvides a full of life, on-the-ground examine the lives of standard peopleFeatures either U.S. and Cuban views to supply an entire and well-rounded examine the revolution and its repercussionsEncourages scholars to appreciate background during the standpoint of people residing itSelected as a 2011 striking educational identify via selection
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National independence, then, and national identity, were associated with ideas of racial equality and racial unity in Cuba in a way very different from in the United States. This does not mean, of course, that anti-black racism did not, and does not still, exist in Cuba. No society whose history is based on centuries of racially-based exploitation can free itself overnight from the structures and ideas built into this kind of system. Even within the independence movement some, like Céspedes, argued for a gradual abolition that would accommodate the interests of the sugar plantocracy.
A song by Carlos Puebla, a troubadour who chronicled the events of the early revolutionary years, captures some of the heady optimism of the revolutionary victory and its rejection of the past: They thought they could go on forever here, earning their 100% profits With their apartment houses, and leaving the people to suffer. And go on cruelly conspiring against the people To continue exploiting them… And then Fidel arrived! The party was over: The Comandante arrived and order it to stop! Many of the actors and events in Cuba’s revolutionary history have been elevated to mythical status, not only in Cuba, but around the world.
S. imperialism in the hemisphere. 1 Cuba through 1959 D id the Cuban Revolution begin on January 1st, 1959, when the dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the island, leaving a new revolutionary government to take power? Or did it begin on July 26th, 1953, when Fidel Castro’s guerrilla force attacked the Moncada Barracks in its first dramatic action? Or in the various revolutionary uprisings in 1844, 1868, 1895, 1912, or 1933, unfinished or aborted revolutions that failed to achieve their goals, but contributed to the island’s revolutionary identity?