Fidel Castro And The Cuban Revolution

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In 1959 Fidel Castro attempted to overthrow dictator Fulgencio Batista; Castro led a revolutionary movement in a guerrilla war against Batista 's forces. "As anti-Batista sentiment grew, Castro took a leading role in the Cuban Revolution which eventually ousted the president."(Stevenson 118)Once in power, Castro nationalized American property and because of this the United States diplomatic relations with Cuba were cut in 1961. Even prior to the break in relations, President Eisenhower agreed to a CIA-backed plan to overthrow Fidel Castro. When John F. Kennedy was elected, he was informed of the CIA 's plan. The newly elected president, unfortunately approved of the plan to attempt an uprising in Cuba against Fidel Castro. Before the Bay of Pigs invasion was developed; the United States tentatively backed Castro, in hopes of keeping a good relationship with Cuba. During the short lived time of alliance, Castro even visited the United States. President Eisenhower refused to even meet Castro, instead he played a round of golf so not to see him at all. Before departing for Cuba, Castro met with Vice President Richard Nixon. "Privately, Nixon hoped that his talk would push Castro "in the right direction," and away from any radical policies. Nixon concluded that Castro was "either incredibly naive about communism or under communist discipline-my guess is the former."(history.com) Unfortunately, events involving Castro never again occurred in the United States ever since. The…
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