History of Latin America
Week 15: Revisiting the Cuban Revolution

Lecture outline
Readings: selections from Chávez, God, Capitalism, and a Good Cigar

To the left, a nationalistic portrait of El Jefe (photograph by E. Wright Ledbetter, reproduced in Cuba: Picturing Change (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999). To the right, a street in Havana in the 1990s (reproduced in Jaime Suchlicki, Cuba: From Columbus to Castro and Beyond (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2002).

Thanks to Kevin Seifert for this article on Santiago Alvarez, convicted in 2006 of conspiring to possess arms in his quest to overthrow the Cuban government, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. , and the reaction of some of the Miami community.

It's not too hard to find the official Cuban and U.S. information services on the web (or in my Delicious bookmarks)...but dissident Cubans and others also appear in the blogosphere. Yoani Sanchez has been internationally recognized, but she has many colleagues.

Cuba has oil!

In 2001, five Cuban spies who had infiltrated an anti-Castro group in Miami were arrested, tried, and given four consecutive life sentences by a U.S. federal court on espionage and conspiracy charges. (One is imprisoned in Oxford, WI.). Here is the defense statement of one of them.