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Heroes, Martyrs, and Political Messiahs in Revolutionary Cuba, 1946-1958$
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Lillian Guerra

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300175530

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300175530.001.0001

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Cuba on the Verge: Martyrdom, Political Culture, and Civic Activism, 1946–1951

Cuba on the Verge: Martyrdom, Political Culture, and Civic Activism, 1946–1951

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(p.26) 1 Cuba on the Verge: Martyrdom, Political Culture, and Civic Activism, 1946–1951
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Heroes, Martyrs, and Political Messiahs in Revolutionary Cuba, 1946-1958
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Lillian Guerra

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300175530.003.0002

This chapter argues that the reason for Eddy Chibás's appeal—indeed, the reason he was seen as a selfless loco or madman amid hordes of self-interested hypocrites—lay in the crushing weight of nationalist consciousness and anti-imperialist sentiments among Cubans at the time. Consequently, when Chibás founded La Ortodoxía as a movement in 1947, his rivals in the ruling Auténtico Party simply could not control a stage increasingly crowded by average citizens committed to this task. From the mid-1940s to the early 1950s, government-sanctioned violence and widespread corruption characterized Cuba's brief “democratic moment,” but so did civic activism, unarmed struggles for political liberty, and a flourishing, expanding media.

Keywords:   Eduardo Chibás, martyrdom, civic activism, political culture, nationalist consciousness, anti-imperialism, democratic moment

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