by Tom Gjelten


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This week in class, we’re reading "Recalling Castro's Ascension — And CIA Reaction" by Tom Gjelten.

In the informational text “Recalling Castro’s Ascension — And CIA Reaction,” Tom Gjelten explores Fidel Castro’s rise to power in Cuba and the responses of CIA officials at the time.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fear & Paranoia, Justice, Freedom & Equality, and Social Change & Revolution as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How do people create change?", "How can fear be used to manipulate?", and "Which is more important: freedom or security?"

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