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How Did Cuba become a Communist Country?

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Transcript of How Did Cuba become a Communist Country?

How Did Cuba become a Communist Country?
Castro's Failed Revolution

Cuba before Communism
After being released from jail, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and eighty other men hid in Cuba getting ready to initiate the guerrilla campaign against the government
Only twelve men survived and hid in the mountains of Cuba.
Over the next two years, the group of guerrilla rebels fought against the government
Many ordinary Cuban citizens joined the rebels
On January 8th 1959, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and the guerillas attacked Havana (capital of Cuba)
Overthrew the Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista.
Cuba and Soviet Russia

Cuba became a communist country through the revolution that occurred on January 8th, 1959 led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.


Cuba and Communism: Present Day
Cuba is still a communist country today
Fidel Castro resigned as president in 2008, and his brother Raul Castro became president
Fulgencio Batista was dictator in Cuba before communism
He was largely supported by the United States
Lived a lavish and wealthy lifestyle and did nothing to benefit the poor
Castro's Successful Revolution

Over the years, Cuba had a lot of support from the Soviet Union
Depended on Soviet aid in order for Cuba to thrive economically and militarily
Guerrilla Rebellion

Fidel Castro was a Marxist/Leninist lawyer from Cuba
July 26th, 1953 Castro lead a rebellion against the Cuban government
Rebellion failed and Castro was imprisoned
Facts About Cuba's Government under Castro's Rule
First communist government in the western hemisphere
Mix of Marxist, Leninist, and communist government.
Castro’s regime reduced illiteracy, got rid of racism and improved public health care, but was criticized for stopping economic and political freedoms of the people.
Che Guevara: Argentine Marxist Revolutionary
Fidel Castro and prime minister of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
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