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The revolution in Cuba was not a result of economic deprivation nor becauseof high expectations in the economy it was the political factors andexpectations which evoked the civilians to revolt The Cuban economy wasmoving forward at the time before the rebellion but the dominant influenceof the sugar industry made the economy assymetrical and encouraged nodynamic industrial sector Because of the dependance on sugar theunemployment rate ranged between 16 and 20 rising and falling with sugarprices ebbing and flowing as the season changed The rural wage levelswere incredibly unsteady and unpredictable the standard of living was lowDependance on the sugar industry did not retard the economy of Cuba justthe wages of its workers It was the leaders of the nation who reapedprofit from this dependance and it was the leaders of the nation whoinsisted on keeping the nation the way it was By the mid 1950s howeverthe middle class had expanded to 33 of the population Democracy as weknow it broke down the large middle class did not assert democraticleadership there was no social militancy in the working class ranks andthe people found order preferable to disarray Batista could no longerlegitimize his regime Failure in the elections of 1954 showed thediscontent of the people and failure in communications with the UnitedStates illustrated its discontent Finally opposing forces confrontedBatistas power there were street protests confrontations with thepolice assault sabotage and urban violence This began the revolutionin CubaAmerica with its stubborn ideas and misjudgements of character forcedCastro to turn to the Soviets for alliance and aid When Castro visitedthe United States in April 1959 there were different respectedindividuals holding different views of him and his future actions Nixonbelieved Castro to be naive some others thought him a welcome change fromBatista still others called him an immature but effective leader withouta well formed view of how to lead a revolutionary movement and not overlyconcerned with abstract of philosophical matters p 55 Why then didthe United States impress nit-picky
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