This is evident in Editha through the characterization of George and Editha, both representing an opposing view on imperialism. Americans had sympathies for the Cubans, they struggled under Spanish rule. But American sympathy was not the sole reason for America getting involved in the Cuban revolution. American business had about $50 million invested in Cuba and these investments were at risk because of the revolution taking place in Cuba (Kennedy-Cohen 610). The Teller Amendment also proves that America went to war with Spain for the wrong reasons.
The colonists participated in smuggling to try to avoid the taxes, and The Sugar Act made legal sugar trade and transport extremely complicated and frustrating, which also made smuggling seem more appealing for the colonists (“The Sugar Act”). This caused the British to crack down on smuggling and enforce the collecting of the taxes, further angering the colonists. This is only one of the many acts that taxed the colonists. Each one angered the colonists more and more, ultimately leading to the Revolutionary War and the liberation of the colonies (Tim George, “The 4 Acts That Lead To The American Revolution”). The Sugar Act had affected the colonies in different ways.
But, the colonists believed in actual representation, which was when someone from the colonies would represent them in Parliament. The colonists insisted that what the British were doing was taxation without representation. I believe that these very different views on actual and virtual representation, played a crucial role in the commencement of the Revolutionary War, giving birth to America as a democracy. Most colonists came from Great Britain but there were also large amounts that came from all over Europe, which then led to a wide variety of hostility toward one another. Many of the governments that they were
To understand this war one must know the background. Spain had ben occupying Cuba for many years. Cuba became resentful of their unfair treatment and began to rebel. American saw this rebellion as a mirror to their own struggle against British forces some 120 years earlier. In Hearst’s papers he showed the Cuban Rebels as noble patriots, though many of them had resorted to acts of terrorism.
Another reason why America was aggressive is because for example, when there was a meeting on what action the US should take against Cuba and USSR, three out of the four proposals were ones that could probably cause another war. One of the proposals was to destroy the Soviet missiles in Cuba by an airstrike, which is a very intense act. Furthermore, another reason why I agree with Cuba’s point of view, is because America was unfair with its ‘regulations’ with Cuba. Castro was not allowed to keep Soviet missiles in his land, because Kennedy stated that it was a threat to the security of the US. While on the other hand, the US had all the nuclear power to fire at Cuba at any time without any conditions.
Batista showed his dictatorial attitudes through taking control of the university, the press and the Congress. He decided to suspend the constitution and made deals with organized crime during the 1950's. He also allowed America to interfere Cuba's economy and manipulated the 1954 and 1958 presidential elections to make himself the sole
He started removing all the American influence which Batista had allowed in Cuba by nationalizing the industry, economy, re-distributing the land and confiscating American business and agricultural belongings (Britannica). However; Castro could not do this without directly affecting the American interests in Cuba (history.com). Thus, turning to a big anti-American power like the Soviet Union was an option that Castro chose to guarantee himself and the nations security. Professor Jutta Weldes mentions in Constructing National Interests that "elements of the Castro movement were engaged in anti-American activities even during the revolution against Batista.". These actions of nationalizing Cuba were what created tensions between the U.S and Cuba, which lead to a various number of problems throughout time and the missile crisis as result of it at some
The Cuban Revolution that took place between 1953–1959 was an armed revolt lead by Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro began his career as a lawyer and activist. He accused the Cuban President, Fulgencio Batista, of being a corrupt tyrant. After Castro’s arguments were rejected by the Cuban courts, he took matters into his own hands. Rather than to continue to use the legal system, Castro organized a regime to overthrow Batista.
Both countries began to view each other with suspicion; primarily because Cuba felt the United States was exercising unfair economic hardship on Havana, and because the US felt Castro was leading towards communist ties. This was not helped by the United States image of the Castro regime, which Eisenhower felt was one of a repressive communist dictatorship that is aggressive, expansionistic, and hostile to U.S interest . Ironically, Eisenhower’s administration welcomed Castro’s revolution initially, as Batista’s regime was known for its brutal dictatorship and
For the past five decades, the US has imposed economic sanctions on Cuba with the North American nation gradually tightening the sanctions over the years. Broadly, the sanctions affect imports, exports international financial transactions and shipping. Whilst majority of the sanctions were imposed in 1960 after the rise to power of Fidel Castro following the disposition of the Batista regime, the first US embargo on Cuba was imposed on the sale of arms in 1958. In 1960, the US government imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba except food and medicine. In 1962, the US expanded the embargo to include all Cuban imports.
Covert Action describes the situations in Iran, Chile, South Vietnam, and Guatemala when the U.S. government invaded and overthrew popularly elected leaders. The government justified these actions by claiming that these countries were falling under a communist influence. In reality, the goal of these actions was to protect American businesses in these countries. This rationalization was used to prove to the public that the actions were necessary. In all of these instances, the overthrow of strong leaders by the United States caused many problems that are still being dealt with
The idea of funding for this affair was thought of by Oliver North. The idea was mostly off the record and to get money from other countries allied with the US to give large amounts of money to contribute to continuing the anti communist movement in Nicaragua and war supplies. “ A portion of the $48 million that Iran paid for the arms was diverted by the NSC and given to the Contras, the U.S.-backed rebels fighting to overthrow the Marxist-oriented Sandinista government of Nicaragua.”(Iran-Contra, 1) North was a Marine Major. At the time his boss was Robert C. McFarlane, Deputy National Security Adviser, He taught North about how to deal and handle the politics of Washington. McFarlane also taught him about dealing with congress.
During this Cold War period, Americans intuited communism as a feasible threat, called “Red Scare” led to negotiations to civil liberties. Civil Liberties accentuate preeminence of individual rights and personal freedoms over and against any kind of authority. Civil liberties are basic freedoms assured by the Bill of Rights or elucidated by courts and lawmakers. Civil liberties protect personal freedoms such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly. The restriction of civil liberties was done by policymakers in the federal, state and local governments and the news media was attacked regularly on the basis of its alleged liberal bias.
These two acts are a part of what got the conflict started between Great Britain and America; The Sugar Act, was a law that imposed taxes on certain imports and the Stamp Act, is a law that levied new excise taxes. The colonist posed such strong opposition against the taxes the British government were implemented that it was
America should definitely defend their commercial and maritime rights, because trading is a big part of its economy. How can a country take vessels and cargo of another country. They don’t have any rights to do so, especially if they seize ships in international waters. America had to declare war if they wanted to protect their ability to buy and sell goods or services