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  1. Introduction
  2. The Cuban population
  3. Cuba's economy
  4. Corruption
  5. Fulgencio Batista
  6. Guerrilla warfare between Castro and Batista
  7. Conclusion

Each country has experienced various changes in leadership. The nature of these changes vary. Some countries receive a completely new form of government. Others maintain the same form of government and gain different leaders. Cuba provides an exemplification of this phenomenon. Following the Cuban Revolution, the form of government remained the same while the leaders changed. The Cuban Revolution provided a turning point in the country and included two central figures. The Cuban population faced a certain style of living during the 1940's and 1950's.

They lived under the rule of the dictator, Fulgencio Batista, during most of this time period. Batista was indifferent to the concerns of the citizens. (Chomsky, Aviva, Barry Carr, and Smorkaloff) The state of Cuba under Batista's rule may be summarized by President John F. Kennedy's statement, "I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country's policies during the Batista regime. I approved the proclamation which Fidel Castro made in the Sierra Maestra, when he justifiably called for justice and especially yearned to rid Cuba of corruption.

[...] The Cuban Revolution Each country has experienced various changes in leadership. The nature of these changes vary. Some countries receive a completely new form of government. Others maintain the same form of government and gain different leaders. Cuba provides an exemplification of this phenomenon. Following the Cuban Revolution, the form of government remained the same while the leaders changed. The Cuban Revolution provided a turning point in the country and included two central figures. The Cuban population faced a certain style of living during the 1940's and 1950's. [...]


[...] (Duncan) The country continued to suffer until the Cuban Revolution. Fidel Castro led the petition to overthrow Batista. At this point, Batista's corruption was blatant. Castro outlined this in his petition to remove Batista. He also accused him of tyranny. (Szulc) Nevertheless, the Cuban courts rejected Castro's appeal. (Szulc) Castro understood that he would not change the leadership in Cuba unless he had an army of supporters. Fidel Castro was actually a lawyer. Therefore, he presented qualified arguments to the courts. [...]


[...] The passage of the Agrarian Law afforded the citizens of Cuba this opportunity. In summary, the Cuban Revolution provided a turning point in the country following the interactions between Fidel Castro and Fulgencio Batista. Cuba desperately needed a change in leadership. They were plagued with a leader that displayed a blatant disregard for the needs of the citizens. Fidel Castro emerged as an individual with the potential to change the country. Despite the multiple failed attempts to overthrow Batista, once proper support was gained he succeeded in his efforts. [...]

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