Fidel in the Cuban Socialist Revolution

Understanding the Cuban Revolution (1959-1961)

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The book makes accessible a selection of speeches and television appearances by Fidel Castro during the first two years of the Cuban Revolution. Readers can trace the evolution of this legendary leader’s radical political thought and analyze his extraordinary capacity for overcoming adverse political and ideological circumstances in a constant movement towards a socialist ideal. The work is organized chronologically with introductory presentations prepared by Cuban experts José Bell, Tania Caram and Delia Luisa López and includes a glossary and bibliography. The methodology of this work is original and includes material from 1959 not previously published elsewhere.

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José Bell Lara is Professor and Consultant of the University of Havana and researcher of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Cuba). He has authored and co-authored numerous texts about Cuba and Latin America, including those in the series Documentos de la Revolución Cubana 1959-1970: Cuba: la generación revolucionaria 1952-1961; Cuba: las mujeres en la insurrección 1952-1961; Combatientes; and Cuba: período especial..

Tania Caram León is a Professor at the University of Havana and researcher of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Cuba). She has published several texts about Cuban women and has co-authored works in the editorial series Documentos de la Revolución Cubana 1959-1970: Cuba: la generación revolucionaria1952-1961; Cuba: las mujeres en la insurrección 1952-1961; Combatientes; and Cuba: período especial.

Delia Luisa López García is Professor Emeritus of the University of Havana and researcher of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Cuba). She has published several texts on Cuba and Latin America and has co-authored works in the editorial series Documentos de la Revolución Cubana 1959-1970: Cuba: la generación revolucionaria 1952-1961; Cuba: las mujeres en la insurrección 1952-1961; Combatientes; and Cuba: período especial..
 Preface ix
 Translator’s Note xii
Charles McKelvey
 Introduction
José Bell Lara, Tania Caram León and Delia Luisa López García
 Historical Context
José Bell Lara, Tania Caram León and Delia Luisa López García

Part 1: 1959: Year of Liberation


 Introduction to 1959: “Year of Liberation”
José Bell Lara, Tania Caram León and Delia Luisa López García
 Call to Revolutionary General Strike
 The Revolution Begins Now
 To Speak the Truth Is the First Duty of All Revolutionaries
 We are Revolutionaries Making a Revolution, Revolutionaries in Power!
 To Live on Our Knees, Why?
 This Law Initiates an Entirely New Stage in Our Economic Life and a Magnificent Future Awaits Our Country
 The Cuban People Is an Invincible People
 In Cuba, There is a Democracy Where the People Discuss Their Problems Directly
 The Entire Nation Stands without Fear
 The Working Class and the Cuban Revolution
 We have Kept Our Promises to the People

Part 2:


 Introduction to 1960: “Year of Agrarian Reform”
José Bell Lara, Tania Caram León and Delia Luisa López García
 The Revolution Converts Barracks into Schools
 The Future of Our Country Necessarily has to Be a Future of Men of Science and Thought
 The Choice is Patria o Muerte
 Democracy Is This
 The Slogan for the People Is: Venceremos!
 Latin America Does Not Have the Right to Make a Revolution
 Women, the Decisive Factor in the Revolution
 Declaration of Havana
 Speech in the General Assembly of the United Nations
 We Are Going to Establish a System of Collective Revolutionary Watch
 The Moncada Program Has been Carried Out

Part 3:


 Introduction to 1961: “Year of Education”
José Bell Lara, Tania Caram León and Delia Luisa López García
 The Revolution Is a Struggle to the Death between the Future and the Past
 What the Imperialists Cannot Forgive
 Communiques from the Battle at Playa Girón
 At Playa Girón, the Country for All has Triumphed
 Glossary
 Bibliography
 Index
This work is directed towards students, academic researchers and readers interested in examining the thought of Fidel Castro in the historical context of the Cuban Revolution.