6 February 2009
Fidel Castro’s Impact on America
Castro’s impact on the Unites States started in 1959. Fidel Castro was born on August 13, 1926. He is one of five children. He grew up under very wealthy circumstances (Abacha, Gilmore 185). Castro was a very intelligent student. He memorized entire books and studied very hard (Abacha, Gilmore 186). As a boy Fidel disregarded all forms of rules and authority, acting very violent if his requests were not met. It appears that his father’s violent temperature was inherited by Fidel. In spite of his insubordinate and aggressive life, he had a brilliant mind for learning (Abacha, Gilmore 186). Fidel Castro attended the University of Havana and majored in law. He also graduated from there and earned a degree in law (Abacha, Gilmore 186). After receiving his degree, he offered free legal services to the poor (187).
Castro’s political career began in 1959 after his overthrow of Cuban leader Batista. Before he overthrew the leader, he formed an army of guerrilla warfare to overthrow the Cuban government. When Batista seized control, Castro began plotting actions against Batista (Kohn 218). In 1959 Castro was recognized as Cuba’s leader (Abacha, Gilmore 186). Castro had made many new laws and some of these upset the United States. He passed these laws within the first one hundred days of his presidency (Abacha, Gilmore 186). He had redistributed land to peasants and most of the land was owned by United States corporations. The United States acted by informing Castro they would no longer be willing to supply technology and technicians which were needed to run Cuba’s economy (Abacha, Gilmore 186). Castro had strong views of morality (Abacha, Gilmore 186). He also believed strongly in education. Castro asked young people in the cities to travel and teach people to read and write in the countryside. He adopted the slogan, “If you don’t know learn, If you do know, teach.”...