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A Pox on Both Their Houses

Thomas G. Paterson

in Contesting Castro

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780195101201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0018
A Pox on Both Their Houses

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The U.S. Embassy did not expect “ideal democratic” conditions, but the forthcoming national elections were “infinitely better than a violent overthrow of Batista and far better than no elections at all.” Not even Ambassador Smith anticipated the national elections to end the revolutionary war because the atmosphere for an honest election that Batista pledged could not have been more dreary. A full-blown civil upheaval was plaguing Cuba. Batista's bet, Andres Rivero Aguero, running under the ticket of the Progressive Action Party, defended the administration. Moreover, the rebels persuaded voters to boycott the elections.

Keywords: U.S. Embassy; Ambassador Smith; Cuba; Batista; Andres Rivero Aguero; Progressive Action Party; rebels

Chapter.  4594 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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