The Movements: A Podcast History of the Masses

Guatemala and Cuba #2 - Iron Discipline

January 01, 2021 The Movements History Podcast Season 3 Episode 2
The Movements: A Podcast History of the Masses
Guatemala and Cuba #2 - Iron Discipline
Show Notes

Che Guevara links up with Cuban revolutionaries in Guatemala, but is forced to leave the country after the US sponsored coup against moderate President Jacobo Arbenz. Communists and the left are being persecuted throughout Latin America, sending them into exile in Mexico, where Che joins Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement, which aims to overthrow the US backed dictator of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista. The broader anti-Batista movement is deeply divided and scared of antagonizing the Americans. However, Fidel is determined to drive out both Batista and the Americans, and Che is determined not to repeat the mistakes of President Arbenz.

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Using Guatemala and Cuba as narrative case studies, this series tells the story of Latin America during the Cold War and the social movements that challenged both local elites and American capital.

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