Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. William Ritchie


Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba after a surprisingly powerless Batista fled the country during the early morning hours of January 1, 1959. Joyous celebration swept the country as Castro made his triumphant journey across the island, leaving his hideout of two years in the Sierra Maestra for Havana. The revolution had succeeded in over throwing the hated Batista, for whom almost all elements of Cuban society felt disdain. The people were rejoicing at his overthrow* let most had little conception of what was to come. Fidel Castro, outside of being a popular hero, was a little known commodity to the peasants who he claimed to be leading. Few others, including outside observers, offered light on what the direction of the revolutionary government would be; indeed, many simply resorted to an analysis composed of their own predisposed beases.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access