The Bay Of Pigs Invasion

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Chapter 1 - The Bay of Pigs Invasion - 1961 Figure 1The above image is a primary source image of Fidel Castro (right) an infamous Cuban dictator, and Che Guevara who played a number of key roles within the Cuban government. This photo was taken in 1961, during which the Bay of Pigs Invasion took place. The photo was taken by Alberto Korda, a Cuban photographer. This photo allows us to peer into the past and see Castro presumably leading Cuban troops. There is a large possibility of bias when considering that the photographer that took this image, Alberto Korda, was not only Cuban but also a personal photographer and close friend of Castro.
The Context: Date: April 17-19, 1961. The Decision Maker: both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and president John F. Kennedy. While President Eisenhower originally approved the plans to invade Cuba drafted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) along with the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) on March 17, 1960, once in office President Kennedy allowed these plans to continue. It wasn 't until April 4, 1961, that the legitimate Bay of Pigs plan was developed and approved by Kennedy. Along with this, the CIA made the very important decision of not informing President Kennedy that they possessed information claiming that the Soviet Union had heard word of an impending invasion.
What was happening? After the Cuban Revolution (1952-1959) had taken place, Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista was forced out of power. Batista was then replaced…

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