What if I told you you’ve met the man who identified Che Guevera’s body? Well if you’ve started the chapter you have. So who is this Richard Gott? A few words from wikipedia;
Richard Willoughby Gott (born 28 October 1938, Aston Tirrold, England) is a British journalist and historian. A former Latin America correspondent and features editor for the British newspaper The Guardian, he is known for his radical politics and a connection to Che Guevara. He resigned from The Guardian in 1994 after claims that he had been a Soviet ‘agent of influence’, a tag Gott denied.
In November 1963, working as a freelance journalist for The Guardian in Cuba, Gott was invited to a celebration of the revolution party at the Soviet Unionembassy in Havana. During the evening, a group of invited journalists who were chatting in the garden were joined by Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara for a few hours, who answered their questions.
In Bolivia in 1967, Gott identified Guevara’s dead body after the failure of Guevara’s Bolivian campaign. He was the only one in the country who had met Guevara.
So what’s going on? Since the revolution of 1898, the Spanish American war, Cuba was nominally independent but very much under the wing of the United States. My grandfather was deployed there as a marine during WWI.
Batista “ruled Cuba with an iron fist for 25 years” according to another source. He stages a coup (he had been in power before this) , upsets Castro’s political career and Fidel resorts to armed insurrection.
Things you should look up or know.
The barracks at Moncado
The July 26th movement
Fangio (kidding, but it is interesting)
the hotel in NYC
Find all of those references in the reading and you should be set for the quiz!
What I find most interesting here is Gott’s perspective on the relationship between Fidel and communism. Hope you enjoy it!
Oh, and then there’s this. Nixon’s car getting attacked in Venezuela.
BTW – for the walkout tomorrow I plan on staying in class and taking the 30 minutes to discuss what you/we can do about gun violence in the upcoming events on March 24th and April 20th. . Feel free to stay or walk. Your choice. No judgement.