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Fifty Years of RevolutionPerspectives on Cuba, the United States, and the World$
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Soraya M. Castro Marino and John S. Reitan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040233

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040233.001.0001

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The Personal Is Political

The Personal Is Political

Animus and Malice in the U.S. Policy toward Cuba, 1959–2009

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Fifty Years of Revolution

Louis A. Pérez

University Press of Florida

In this chapter, Louis A. Pérez Jr. proposes a unique answer to the question of why the U.S. sanctions against Cuba, which have outlived their historical time and outlasted their political purpose, remain. Pérez locates the sources of sanctions within the larger context of the narratives by which Americans fashioned the terms of self-representation. This chapter examines the realms of policy where the premise of the propriety of the U.S. purpose assumed the appearance of normal and universal, where the prerogative of power often passed for the pursuit of beneficence. It argues that the U.S. response to Cuba was very much conditioned by its deepening antipathy toward Fidel Castro, and that policies that Washington perceived as inimical to U.S. interests and contrary to its professed values came to be associated entirely with the person of the Cuban leader.

Keywords:   United States, Fidel Castro, relationship, antipathy, sanctions, policy, representation, association, interests, values

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