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Contesting CastroThe United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution$
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Thomas G. Paterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.001.0001

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A Pox on Both Their Houses

A Pox on Both Their Houses

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(p.194) (p.195) 17 A Pox on Both Their Houses
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Contesting Castro
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Thomas G. Paterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0018

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

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