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Operation Pedro Pan and the Exodus of Cuba's Children

Deborah Shnookal


This in-depth examination of one of the most controversial episodes in U.S.-Cuba relations sheds new light on the program that airlifted 14,000 unaccompanied children to the United States in the wake of the Cuban Revolution. Operation Pedro Pan is often remembered within the U.S. as an urgent “rescue” mission, but Deborah Shnookal points out that a multitude of complex factors drove the exodus, including Cold War propaganda and the Catholic Church’s opposition to the island’s new government. Shnookal illustrates how and why Cold War scare tactics were so effective in setting the airlift in m ... More

Keywords: Operation Pedro Pan, Cuban Revolution, Cold war propaganda, Catholic Church, National literacy campaign

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781683401551
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401551.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Shnookal, author
La Trobe University