While Zinn argues that the U.S. fought the war mainly because of business interests, Schweikart and Allen expand on the topic and point out three concerns including the one Zinn named. First, there was the political component in which Americans sympathized with the Cubans’ yearning for independence. Second, businessmen had important interests on the island, cultivated over several decades. Sugar, railroads, shipping, and other enterprises gave the United States an undeniable economic interest in Cuba, while at the same time putting Americans in a potential crossfire.Third, there was the moral issue of Weyler;s treatment of the Cubans, which appealed to American humanitarianism (Schweikart and Zinn 483). In addition, Schweikart and Allen give detailed descriptions of the battles that happened during the Spanish American War, while Zinn simply states that the “Spanish forces were defeated in three months” (Zinn 309).
When Castro says “We have been witnesses, all of us Cubans, of every step taken by the revolution” unites the difficulty shared by the Cuban citizens as when Castro elaborates “Today’s parade shows us how much we have advanced. The workers now do not have to submit themselves to those trials; the workers now do not have to implore deaf executives,” conjures up a joyful excitement of hope for a brighter future. Castro is able to create this delighted feeling through his audience by providing powerful examples of how the Cuban life will change. Further, much of his onlookers are part of the larger working class who have been mistreated as specifying the “new
“Fidel Castro: The Political Leader of Cuba” states, “Castro had come to power with the support of most Cuban city dwellers on the basis of his promises…but once established as Cuba’s leader he began to pursue more radical ideas” (8). From this evidence, the article highlights Castro’s use of lies to gain the trust of the people. Castro had promised many things, including to reinstate the 1940 constitution, promote and honest administration, and reinstate civil and political liberties. These lies satisfied the emotional needs the people and their fears of another dictatorship. By promising the changes Cuba’s citizens wanted, Castro obtained control.
During the Chicano Nationalist Movement, a well-known speaker, Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales, delivered a speech titled Chicano Nationalism: Victory for La Raza. In this speech, Rodolfo Gonzales tries to unify the Latin American people within the United States by using the idea of a family and to create a new political organization for the Chicano people. This speech was a cumulation of various ideas which stemmed from his own life, the experiences of the Chicano people, and the Chicano Nationalist Movement in general. Each of these factors contributed to the context of the speech and how the ideas within the speech are presented by Rodolfo Gonzales. Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales was born to Federico and Indalesia Gonzales, two Mexican immigrants, on June 18, 1928.
The public now trusted Sinclair, but he was able to use his newfound power as a muckraker to reveal corruptions in society and was able to help the common man's life to be a little easier. Through passage of bills such as the Pure Food and Drug Act, much of the New Deal legislations, and reform in many factories, Sinclair was effectively able to create a better society than the one he was born into. Sinclair’s childhood in poverty allowed him to empathize with regular workers, gave him motivation to help end poverty through politics, and even to continue his efforts after he gained some wealth and power. His sense of justice for the common worker and all those suffering due to poverty overarched many of his works and is seen even in many of his personal letters. After the publication of The Jungle, changes has been made to help protect citizens from diseased meat, but Sinclair still thought that more could be done to make the industry titans more reliable.
They believed the nation required a helping hand from the United States. American politicians justified the tactics of forced labor, economic manipulation by American politicians, and murder by the marines, as part of the paternalistic policy it had implanted there. Renda’s main thesis was how the idea of paternalism and the military occupation in Haiti not only affected the Haitian people and the country itself, but also how it affected the culture and mindset of Americans. When the United States began the occupation in Haiti, it was more focused on preventing any further involvement from other nations. Germany had been involved in financing a lot of revolutionaries within the country,
After a year's imprisonment, he traveled to Mexico where he formed a revolutionary group, the 26th of July Movement, with his brother Raúl Castro and Che Guevara. Returning to Cuba, Castro took a key role in the Cuban Revolution by leading the Movement in a guerrilla war against Batista's forces from the Sierra Maestra. After Batista's overthrow in 1959, Castro assumed military and political power as Cuba's Prime Minister. Fidel Castro’s political style emphasised active engagement and self-discipline. He believed that individuals can overcome any obstacle they desire if they have a strong will to do so and that revolution is the important mission worth pursuing.
Under Batista 's oppressive rule the people of Cuba could not expand culturally. “ “Memories of Cuba in the 1940s and 1950s vary widely; they represent a point of tension between those sympathetic to the socialist revolution and others ambivalent or opposed to it. From the vantage of the present, pre- revolutionary memories can be used to justify the actions of revolutionaries or to criticize them and thus retain discursive significance. Authors often discuss the period in essentialized terms. Supporters of socialist Cuba have tended to characterize the “pseudo-republic” as one of the darkest periods of the country’s history.” The fear of being overcome by Western ideals of consumerism and capitalism pushed the people of Cuba to search inward for what it meant to be Cuban.
In the text, we have seen resistance in many different ways by multiple characters such as Carlos and Yolanda. The question I raise in this essay does all defiance or rebellion lead to revolution and if not what needs to happen for a revolution to occur. On the surface, Carlos appeared to be a typical overprotective father who just wants the best for his daughters. Nonetheless, he is a rebel in not only his eye but in the eyes of his country as well. From the beginning of the novel to the end Carlos's involvement in a plan to overthrow Trujillo is mentioned.
Che Guevara has in popular-culture been glamourized as a saint and hero, one who rebelled and rose up against difficulties, for having freed the Cubans from the authoritarian Batista regime, but in many ways has not been exposed for how he treated the Cubans once this regime was abolished. One questions whether Guevara is worthy of being the face of hope for the oppressed, even though he is responsible for violence and crimes against humanity. Throughout modern history many revolutionaries, especially those who freed Latin American countries from colonial powers, have been misrepresented within society as righteous, honourable and morally-sound iconic figures within history, yet often this is not fully the case. This is true within the example of iconic revolutionary figure, Che Guevara. This research project will discuss this, with specific reference to Guevara’s motivations, aims and actions, as well as reference to examples of representations of Guevara within contemporary culture and his legacy left for society.