1959 Cuban Revolution

1) The groups used different methods to express their frustrations towards the government. They attacked the Moncada barracks. Anti-Batista students led an armed assault at the presidential palace.

2) It is similar to the Philippine revolution because after the revolution the former dictator Fulgencio Batista just left the country with a lot of money. Just like when Marcos left the country with a lot of money when the people over powered him. It is also similar to the American Revolution because there was armed force involved in the revolution.

3) After the revolution, the new Cuban government change what was going on in Cuba. They made the nation atheist. The eliminated illiteracy; and they implemented land reforms. They also crated a revolutionary militia; and Castro also initiated Committees for the Defense of the Revolution in late September 1960. They began to expropriate land and private property in Cuba. The Cuban lawyer writes that farms of any size could be and were seized by the government. They nationalized 25 billion dollars worth of land owned by Cuban; they also nationalized all the property owned by the united states and other foreign people.

4) I don’t think the revolution was justified because the dictator wasn’t put behind bars, but in fairness the dictator was removed from power. This made Cuba a better country. I don’t think that other methods would have worked because Batista was a very firm Dictator and I don’t think he would go down without a fight. So I think that armed force was necessary.

5) Yes, the Cuban revolution fits Briton Cranes Anatomy of a Revolution. It fits because Brinton Crane states, in stage 1, that the Cuban middle class loudly expresses its anger over economic resistance placed upon it by the government. In the Cuban revolution the Americans were angry at Fulgencio Batista because he was corrupt. In stage 2 of Brinton Cranes framework. He says that “this is the excavation of the anger felt by the middle class. The people rise up against the government”. In stage 3, Brinton Crane says that it is when the revolution is fragile. This is when Batista Lost a lot of his power and hardly had any followers. In stage 4, Brinton Crane talks about how srong a leader is. In the Cuban revolution, Castro was the new leader.


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  • agustin davalos

    Agustin Davalos Block A February 10, 2008

    1.) Cuban Revolution

    2.) The revolution occurred when the people used force to attack the government. The people failed twice to defeat the government during the attack on the Moncada Barrack, and the attempt of the assassination of Batista but the people then succeeded and forced Batista to flee in a war where Batista had 30,000 and the citizens had 300.

    3.) The main thing that happened because of the revolution was that the Nation of Cuba became Atheist, eliminated illiteracy, and they implemented land forms.

    4.) I really liked their pod cast and the way it was designed to sound as if suddenly something had just happened and the way you could hear the guns being fired. I really felt as if I was there, but I would recommend that they don’t play the song for such a long time. When I heard the pod cast I actually felt as if I was part of what was going on. Their voice was so clear and you didn’t have all the fuzziness in the background.

    5.) This Revolution was similar to my revolution because the people used force to succeed in gaining what they wanted.

    Feb 12, 2008 at 10:11 am