Cuban Revolution Journal

Sir Jose III is a passionate, young, liberal born in a small village in SouthEast Cuba. His family/ relatives owned a small sugar farm which he was provoked to work as his parents believed it was the most ideal career path. Later, though war and experiencing bloodshed he discovers his true self.

 

The main intention of the Cuban Revolution was to essentially reform the ‘current’ Cuban government system by healing the financial gap/ diversity between the West, bourgeoisie, and the East, peasants in Cuba; eliminating government corrupt by terminating Batista’s regime; discontinuing public suppression, etc. Although Castro did indeed have a triumph at the revolution, allowing universal health-care, education; nationalizing factories, etc. to be implemented, many of his promises weren’t met to the expectations of Cubans; remaining constant. As Castro’s relentless communist reign expanded, Castro continued many acts the former administration utilized such as public suppression , postponing pivotal general elections, puppetizing government officials, etc.

The Rise of a Dependent Super-power

The rise of a dependent super-power

By Brian and Jacob

When the idea of a peaceful revolution is made impossible, the idea of a violent revolution will be made inevitable. The ruthless oppression laws set by Batista, targeted vulnerable points of the opposing parties, politically sensitive groups, and underprivileged communities, thus leading to the violent revolution Castro began. Although, the rebels did succeed, history did once again repeated itself with Castro. One of the many reasons to why Castro urged a revolt against Batista’s regime was due to the cruel oppression laws Batista placed; he believed they were inhumane. Ironically, Castro decided to implement similar oppression laws after seizing the government for whoever sympathized for Batista.

Fundamentally, pro-revolutionaries have all aimed to abandon the current status quo as they beleive it has neglected the needs of the people, unrighteously supported a quid pro quo, or have gone on the road of no return, drifting further and further away from the people’s voices, but an idea that isn’t as seldom as many people might think is the notion that once a group has overthrown the current party in power, they will be similarly if not equally be as vulnerable in maintaining a similar status quo as the former party or being overthrown allowing history to once again repeat itself. This notion has been visible in many revolutions such as the Russian revolution. After Lenin overthrew Tsar’s absolute monarchy, Lenin promised a communist utopia. Although Lenin did implement a varied of communist policies, he oppressed the people with a secret police force that executed any suspects of treason, implying a factor of dictatorship. After Lenin’s death, the next leader, Stalin, formed an even more oppressive regime. Not only did he execute suspects of treason, he also arrested non-loyal government officials. Although both Lenin and Stalin did agree to abandon the previous status quo, the oppressive regime through the secret police force showed a hunger for power just like Tsar. Through this example, history has once again repeated itself, allowing a similar corrupt rule to be present.

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Injustice Justice

 

 

 

The book that is talked about in this video is called, “Unpunished Murder” by Lawrence Goldstone. I believe the main theme in this book is “War doesn’t stop, but instead evolves slavery into more systematic racism and racially motivated violence.” Groups such as the KKK have been born after the Civil War due to disputes between white supremacists/ extremists and the federal government. These White League groups have inflicted pain and fear towards black communities for years, while the government using their minimal effort to combat the white extremist groups. (specific evidence stated in the video) The main reasons to which someone should read this book is 1, this book contains a lot of historical facts and so if you are looking for a book to learn about early US political and social history, this is a great book for you. 2, this book contains a lot of jaw dropping and unexpecting moments which if you like those type of moments this is also a great book for you. One thing I’ve learned from this unit is that expressing my opinion on a book orally with someone that is also reading the book, can have a much larger impact than compared to solo thinking about the book.

Rating: 4/5