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Visions of Power in CubaRevolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971$
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Lillian Guerra

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835630

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837368_guerra

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Resistance, Repression, and Co-Optation among the Revolution's Chosen People

Resistance, Repression, and Co-Optation among the Revolution's Chosen People

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(p.170) Chapter 5 Resistance, Repression, and Co-Optation among the Revolution's Chosen People
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Visions of Power in Cuba
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Lillian Guerra

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837368_guerra.10

After 1961, Fidel Castro inaugurated a new set of purely fidelista political sacraments and rituals, including group meditation on Fidel's own speeches and house-to-house visits by Communist proselytizers as a way of cleansing doubt from the consciousness of workers and peasants. This chapter shows that the revolutionary leadership's struggle to make Communism Cuban by making Cubans Communist inevitably generated conflict and criticism among formerly unconditional supporters.

Keywords:   Fidel Castro, fidelista, Communist proselytizers, Communism, Cubans

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