Dependencies: Batista, Castro, and the United States

Thomas G. Paterson

in Contesting Castro

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780195101201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854189 | DOI:
Dependencies: Batista, Castro, and the United States

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During his early years Fidel Castro had no ties with Cuba's Communist Party, however, the communists had encountered Castro's challenge to Batista. However, the CIA, FBI, and other U.S. agencies continued to search for traces of communism during the insurrection. Officials focused on possible law violations, such as The Munitions Control Act, The Voorhis Act, and the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Fulgencio Batista led the Sergeants' Revolt that helped bring the reformist Ramon Grau San Martin government to power. Fidel Castro, with young companeros, attacked the Moncada Army Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. Castro got a folk-hero status among Cubans for this but was branded as “a ruthless opportunist” by Americans.

Keywords: Fidel Castro; Fulgencio Batista; The Munitions Control Act; The Voorhis Act; Foreign Agents Registration Act; Ramon Grau San Martin; Moncada Army Barracks

Chapter.  3869 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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