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Course of Our Times, The
Castro And His Communist Beachhead
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Historical survey hosted by Abram Sachar, Brandeis University. Series release date: 1973

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“Fidel Castro landed in Cuba in 1956 with a small band of bearded confederates and in three years forced out Fulgencio Batista, the long-reigning despot. He won the admiration of the United States and liberal forces throughout the world who hailed him as a modern Simon Bolivar. But Castro soon openly declared his Communist allegiance, and the Soviet Union extended credit and helped to arm practically the entire population. Tension with the Untied Sates built up to a crisis in the fall of 1962 when Khruschev placed ballistic missiles in Cuba that threatened the security of the American mainland. There was a showdown with President Kennedy, and the missiles were withdrawn. But the promise was made that there would be no invasion of Cuba. The U.S. would now have to live with Communist threat at its back door.”



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