by Tom Gjelten
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Cold War Rivals: Cuba and the United States
- Mike Kubic
In “Cold War Rivals: Cuba and the United States,” the article discusses the rise of Cold War tensions between Cuba and the U.S., focusing on the policies and actions of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.Pair “Cold War Rivals: Cuba and the United States” with “Recalling Castro’s Ascension – And CIA Reaction” to provide students with additional information regarding Castro’s rise to power in Cuba. How does the depiction of the involvement of the United States government in Castro’s rise to power compare in the two texts? How does Mike Kubic’s article affect students’ perspective on the United States’ involvement in Cuba?
The informational text “McCarthyism” discusses the United States’ fear of communism during the Cold War and the unfair trials led by Senator Joseph McCarthy to root out supposed communist spies.Pair “McCarthyism” with “Recalling Castro’s Ascension — And CIA Reaction” to provide students with additional information regarding the United States’ fear of communist countries. How did Castro’s involvement in communism impact his standing with the United States?