Casualties of a Radicalizing Cuban Revolution: Middle-Class Opposition and Exile, 1961-1968

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dc.contributor.advisor Jorge Mari, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Nancy Mitchell, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Richard Slatta, Committee Chair en_US Loiacano, Catherine Lynn en_US 2010-08-19T18:19:39Z 2010-08-19T18:19:39Z 2010-04-22 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-03262010-104219 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study explores the major factors contributing to the exodus of the Cuban middle class from 1961 to 1968. For the purpose of this study, the heterogeneous middle class is broken up into middle-class students, professionals, and businessmen. Each of these groups had slightly different values and motivations, yet large percentages of each left Cuba as the revolution radicalized, changing economic, political and social life for all Cubans. In explaining this phenomenon, this paper follows the relationship between Cuba and the United States, focusing particularly on the conflictive dialogue that emerged between Fidel Castro and the US presidents of the 1960’s. In addition, the role of each government in facilitating the exodus must be considered, necessitating attention to US special treatment toward Cuban immigrants. Ultimately, this study asserts that various radicalizations in revolutionary Cuba from the declaration of socialism in April 1961 to the final revolutionary offensive of 1968 pushed the middle class to the United States. Unlike the middles classes of 1940s Costa Rica and Guatemala, they chose to leave in order to retain their standard of living rather than to sacrifice in order for the lower classes to benefit. en_US
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dc.subject Revolutionary Reform en_US
dc.subject Fidel Castro en_US
dc.subject Cuban Revolution en_US
dc.subject Latin America en_US
dc.subject US Immigration Policy en_US
dc.subject Cuban Middle Class en_US
dc.subject Cuban Exiles en_US
dc.title Casualties of a Radicalizing Cuban Revolution: Middle-Class Opposition and Exile, 1961-1968 en_US MA en_US thesis en_US History en_US

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