Fidel Castro

President of Cuba

Castro had served as president of Cuba from 1976 to 2008, for nearly five decades before handing off his power to his younger brother. But before he had became president, he was sworn in to being the prime minister of Cuba. Castro had made Cuba the first state in the Western Hemisphere to become a communist state. Besides turning Cuba into a communist state during his years of power, he had also succeeded in enhancing the literacy, abolishing racism, and increasing public health care. Those are only the positive aspects, Castro was generally blamed for suffocating economic and political freedom. He had nationalized all US-owned businesses, closed down opposition newspapers, jailed thousands of political opponents and made no move toward elections. He had also modified the amount of land a person could own, eliminated private business, and controlled over housing and consumer goods shortages. But overall, Castro was a leader who had positive and negative effects on his country.  

This video shows Castro's desire to gain power and control over Cuba, it also proves his military dictatorship style when he gathers volunteers to create a revolution against Batista. When he gains control over the land, the people of Cuba start celebrating because they hope Castro brings a new beginning for their land and for the people.

A letter from me, Castro, to my people

Dear citizens,

I am writing to you today, describing to you what will come in the future during my time in power. I want you to know that I am willing to try to better the land for you. This means that even if I have to limit some aspects, I will be doing it to enhance Cuba. I have a desire to increase Cuba's positive aspects in the places where it needs to be improved, but this will not be successful with you, the people, do not obey what I am demanding. I am not scared to throw anyone in jail or such but I am doing this for the people. I am doing what I think is right, even if it is different from what you think is right.

Sincerely, Castro.

Essential Question

Did Castro have a positive or negative impact on Cuba?

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