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Curricular Materials - Race and Government Policy in Revolutionary Cuba

RaceGovtCuba.jpgThe materials collected here aim to interrogate ways in which Fidel Castro tried to eliminate racial inequality and racism in Cuba during the revolutionary period. Included in these materials is an activity which asks: 1) What are effective government policy approaches for eliminating racial inequality and discrimination?
2) What factors influence how governments deal with racial inequality?
3) What are the advantages and disadvantages of adopting a color-blind versus racially explicit policy to eliminate inequality and discrimination?
4) What is the relationship between domestic and foreign policy?

These materials were created in 2010 by Karen Michels, of the Beacon School, as part of the CLACS Teacher Residency Program.


Background Essay (PDF)
Activity: Objectives and Terms (PDF)
Activity (PDF)
Discussion Questions (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Supplementary Resources

Cuba's struggle against racism (Roberto Jorquera)
Organization for the Solidarity of Asia, Africa and Latin American People (OSPAAAL)
Video clip in Spanish about the literacy campaign of 1961
African-American Registry
Fidel Castro History Archive
Short video clip about Agrarian reform in Cuba as well as nationalization of American-owned properties
Listen to Los Dos Compadres, “Se Acabaeran los Bohios” (No More Shacks!)
Listen to Carlos Pueblo’s song:“Todo por la reforma agraria” (Everything for Agrarian Reform)
CLACS Regional Info: Cuba