Race relations within the revolutionary Caribbean complicated the Twentieth Century, leaving questions of freedom and nationalism open to interpretation. In A Nation for All, Alejandro De La Fuente examines various meanings of race within post-Spanish Cuba, Batista’s Cuba, and socialist Cuba, and how racial tensions aligned with revolutionary ideas. Rather than simply adopting a chronological organization of events, Alejandro De La Fuente gains the reader’s attention by utilizing a thematic scheme. The idea of an inequality, masked by revolutionary, egalitarian rhetoric, remains central to each thematic division. De La Fuente’s work serves to undermine the elitist pretense of equality in Twentieth Century Cuba and expose the long-term effects
Throughout history, many leaders have been unable to handle being given too much power and especially so when ruling a nation. Macbeth is a clear example of this as well as another real world leader Fidel Castro. These two men had similar rises to power, yet had some important differences in their responses. Starting with their similarities both Macbeth and Castro gained power by violently overthrowing their predecessors. Castro did so by starting a revolution and Macbeth did it by assassination.
The Land of the Free… Well, Except Puerto Rico Whenever Americans think of Puerto Rico, they tend to think first of the beautiful Caribbean vacation destination. Whenever Puerto Ricans think of their island, they see the years of mistreatment and hardship that the island has endured. Puerto Rico has been the property of other countries for nearly five hundred years, but that does not give the United States a right to continue to ignore it. Puerto Rico’s status as a United States commonwealth keeps citizens from playing a part in fixing the political issues within the island. Without representation in the United States federal government nor political independence, Puerto Rico is powerless and silent.
Christopher Columbus sailed into Cuba in 1492. Spain had owned Cuba ever since Columbus took over. Spain owned Cuba as a sugar colony and were slaves under harsh ruling. The Cubans obviously hated this and rebelled against Spain. Cuba’s
Then, chaos induced after the explosion of the USS Maine in Cuba. Eventually, this led to US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. At the start of the 20th century, an immense number immigrants flocked to America in hopes of achieving the American Dream so many wished to achieve. Unfortunately, with racism becoming such a prevalent issue in the nation, specifically towards African Americans, segregation and a belittling
Violence has long been used by governments and authoritarian regimes around the world to achieve political goals and seek legislative control. These regimes assert control by carrying out assassinations, mass murders, and staged violence. However, the psychological effect on the country's population is much more than fear of death at the hands of political parties and leaders, it is fear of life itself. The nation becomes gripped by an ineffable fear and distrust where everyone, including trusted neighbors and friends, could turn individuals in for perceived disloyalty to the government. This idea is most demonstrated by the actions of Pinochet's dictatorship of Chile throughout the 1970's and 1980's.
Wealth, poverty, technology, decadence, the Gilded Age was a time of change and uprooting of past systems, schools of thought, and standards. It was a time of both hope and doubt for the majority of the population and brought many to be empty handed or exceedingly wealthy. The dynamic between rich and poor was shifting to a gap of wealth never before seen in the young country. The gilded age’s built up wealth disparity faded away over time. Yet today it seems that a resurgence of these features is rearing its ugly head again.
I am a proud Venezuelan. For many years, South America’s economic stability relied on Venezuela’s large natural oil reserves, but due to a poor economic political shift, the life quality of the population started declining to deplorable standards. Personally, I can relate to the challenging tasks that moving to a new country represents to an individual, such as having to adapt to a new culture, language, school, work or any other activity in a different land. This significantly changed how I describe myself, how I am now an outsider in a new environment; how I now see my own roots and traditions differently; and while learning new ones, I am constantly hoping I do not forget where I come from and that authentic and original version of myself, who I really am. Milosz wrote “My Faithful Mother Tongue” in
The outbreak of this uprising was in concern of many reasons, firstly the high level of corruption inside the country, secondly the gap between the social classes and the absolute power of the American over the country. But when Batista took the control by force he established despotic ideas of abolishing Cuba’s constitution and removing the power of the congress and that only was the spark that lit the bonfire of the uprising which took place between 1953-1959. In the beginning in 1953 on July 26 the opposition group of 170 men mainly formed by students and formal workers with Fidel Castro as his maximum figure, they had entered to the city of Santiago de Cuba and planned to attack the station of Moncada and finally try to persuade the citizens of the town to get rid of Batista but it was a completely failure. After this Castro and his supporters will be exile to Mexico where he strengthened his army and counted with the support of significant figures due to his principles of policy like nationalist ideas, stop with imperialism and established a social policy and finished with the era of “democracy” in Cuba. These new ideologies helped to the formation of “The Rebel army” name which will be given to Castro’s army by their enemies and attracted other figures such as the Argentinean “Che Guevara” whose role will have such importance in the freedom of Cuba over U.S influence.
Several factors contributed to British colonies changing their feelings towards a possible reconciliation with the British monarchy. The relationship between the American colonist and British monarchy had not been a stable one. After years of oppression from the British monarchy, the colonist finally realized they were better off without them. Following the end of the French and Indian war, England 's national debt had more than doubled. "Half of the money collected from hard-pressed British taxpayers went just to pay the interest on this massive debt, and no more revenue could be squeezed from them without risking domestic unrest (pg 92)."
A country that had already suffered economically and politically, was further devastated by the disaster. Haitians have migrated to the Dominican Republic long before the earthquake, but even more workers came to work in sugarcane and rice plantations in the Dominican Republic. This migration is economically beneficial to both countries, especially the Dominican Republic which desperately needs workers for plantations. Unfortunately, those who do come to the Dominican Republic in search of a better life are severely discriminated against. Most Dominican refuses such laborious jobs since they are educated and can pursue less strenuous occupations.