In January 1959, Fidel Castro assumed power in Cuba after years of opposing the regime of Fulgencio Batista. Initially, the relationship between Castro's government and the U.S. was uncertain. However, relations between the two countries quickly soured. In this lesson, students engage in contextual thinking as they analyze two documents and consider different ways that Castro viewed the United States.
[Teacher Materials updated on 07/20/23.]
Image: Photo of Fidel Castro arriving in Washington, D.C., in April 1959. From the Library of Congress.