Marxism In Cuba During The 1950's

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During the 1950s Cuba adopted a Marxist perspective and dreamed of a revolutionary future. The Marxist vision for Cuba included the idea of decolonization and self-determination. Many Latin Americans shared this vision and were even more encouraged to follow Marxism due to the Untied State’s fear of it and its association with communism. Marxists diagnosed Cuba as unjust due to the rapid growth of population and urbanization resulting in massive shortages of basic necessities. Injustices such as people living on garbage dumps soon caused Marxists to call for a revolution. They called for a total reorder of society and wanted to take down the well to do elites who “had enjoyed their privileges for so long in the presence of misery” and to redistribute…show more content…
Che met Fidel Castro, a revolutionary from Cuba, in Mexico and they saw eye to eye in their opposition of foreign imperialism, especially the United States. Castro was a nationalist who had been exiled form Cuba due to his resistance to the U.S. military backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista. Batista had overthrown the elected government in Cuba, which led to Castro and his brother, Raul, leading a violent strike against him. Their attack on Batista proved popular with many of the Cuban people and soon their support grew. Castro and his brother were jailed for their acts but within a few years they were ready for their second attack. They viewed Batista as “an agent of imperialism” due to his U.S. support and in 1956 they led eighty-two invaders in Cuba. Their following consisted of “idealistic, middle class youngsters.” The invasion was not successful and for the next two years Che, Castro and Raul successfully played a game of “deadly hide-and-seek with the army.” Soon resistance to the Cuban dictator became unanimous between the people of Cuba and the U.S. and Batista ended up fleeing

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