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American Experience
Fidel Castro
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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On January 3, 1959, a column of victorious young rebels advanced along Cuba's main highway towards Havana. At the head of the column rode 33-year-old Fidel Castro Ruz. As he went by, a Cuban peasant turned to an American journalist, and said: "There he goes, the hope of a people." Over the next few decades, by the force of his personality and the might of his Soviet benefactor, Castro turned himself and Cuba into significant players on the world stage. He did so while surviving the hostility of 10 consecutive U.S. presidents, an invasion, several CIA assassination attempts and an economic embargo. Castro's face with its trademark beard has become an iconic image worldwide, yet the man himself remains an enigma to all but a few. Through interviews with relatives, childhood friends, fellow rebel leaders, Bay of Pigs veterans, human rights activists and journalists, this AMERICAN EXPERIENCE production constructs an intimate and revealing portrait of the most resilient of leaders.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Fidel Castro,” 10/15/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F73903534FB64C27AD023D87312CE6A6.
MLA: “American Experience; Fidel Castro.” 10/15/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F73903534FB64C27AD023D87312CE6A6>.
APA: American Experience; Fidel Castro. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F73903534FB64C27AD023D87312CE6A6
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