The Cuban Revolution Revisited

The Cuba Project, writers of books about the Cuban Revolution, held a discussion re-examining that tumultuous period and the people who helped shape it.… read more

The Cuba Project, writers of books about the Cuban Revolution, held a discussion re-examining that tumultuous period and the people who helped shape it. After their presentation they answered audience members' questions.

Anthony DePalma is the author of The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times, published by Public Affairs. He discussed the influence of The New York Times reporter Herbert Matthews, whose positive stories about Fidel Castro during the late 1950s shaped the way Americans viewed the revolution. In 1957, Herbert L. Matthews, one of the premier foreign correspondents of his time, tracked down Fidel Castro in Cuba’s Sierra Maesta mountains and returned with what was considered the scoop of the century. In his book Anthony DePalma, who had been a correspondent and reporter at The New York Times for almost twenty years, re-examined the Matthews case to reveal how is the story not just how Castro came to power but how America determines who its enemies are.

Samuel Farber is the author of The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered, published by The University of North Carolina Press. He shared his personal experiences growing up in Cuba during the revolution and talked about the evolution of Fidel Castro from the time of the revolution to his early years as leader of the Cuban government. In the book he analyzed the crucial period of the Cuban Revolution from 1959 to 1961. He challenged dominant scholarly and popular views of the revolution’s sources, shape and historical trajectory. Unlike many observers, who treat Cuba’s revolutionary leaders as having merely reacted to U.S. policies or domestic socioeconomic conditions, Professor Farber showed that revolutionary leaders, while acting under serious constraints, were nevertheless autonomous agents pursuing their own independent ideological visions, although not necessarily a master plan. close

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Program ID:
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Public Affairs Event
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Forum
Location:
New York, New York, United States
First Aired:
Apr 15, 2006 | 4:15pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Apr 30, 2006 | 5:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2

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  • Apr 15, 2006 | 4:15pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 16, 2006 | 11:57pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 30, 2006 | 5:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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