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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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Dependencies: Batista, Castro, and the United States

Dependencies: Batista, Castro, and the United States

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(p.14) (p.15) 1 Dependencies: Batista, Castro, and the United States
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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/9780195101201.003.0002

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

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