By Aviva Chomsky
A historical past of the Cuban Revolution provides a concise socio-historical account of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, an occasion that maintains to spark debate 50 years later. Balances a accomplished assessment of the political and monetary occasions of the revolution with a glance on the revolution’s social impactProvides a full of life, on-the-ground examine the lives of normal peopleFeatures either U.S. and Cuban views to supply an entire and well-rounded examine the revolution and its repercussionsEncourages scholars to appreciate historical past during the standpoint of people residing itSelected as a 2011 striking educational name by means of selection
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These impoverished Cubans survived mostly on rice, a few beans, and sugar-water, creating the “naked children, their swollen stomachs testifying to an unbalanced diet and infection from parasitic worms” that sociologist Lowry Nelson found everywhere in rural Cuba in 1950. At the other end of the spectrum, the 900,000 or so wealthiest Cubans controlled 43 percent of the country’s income. These were the people who had money to spend on frequent shopping jaunts to Miami, luxurious, air conditioned homes, and even 34 A History of the Cuban Revolution mausoleums complete with “elevators, air conditioners, and telephones” to make sure they continued to enjoy a high level of comfort in the afterlife.
They even tried to woo Afro-Cubans into a nationalist, anti-imperialist, anti-immigrant stance that was based on anti-black stereotypes and racism. They argued that Cuban blacks were not really black because of their Cuban nationality, but that an influx of foreign blacks would destroy Cuba’s racial harmony. And they invoked the colony, recalling the old association of colonial status with slavery. Once again, white foreigners were bringing blacks into the country to work on their plantations. 15 The colony also lived on in the export economy and the economic distortions it entailed.
Samuel Flagg Bemis famously opined, in 1943, that while “the United States has been an imperialistic power since 1898,” its “comparatively mild imperialism was tapered off after 1921 and is fully liquidated now … United States imperialism … was never deep-rooted in the character of the people, that it was essentially a protective imperialism … against intervention by the imperialistic powers of the Old World. It was, if you will, an imperialism against imperialism. S. S. policies were guided by imperialist and economic motives.
A History of the Cuban Revolution (Viewpoints Puntos de Vista) by Aviva Chomsky