"USA Welcomes Castro As Counter-Balance To Confederate Hegemony" by Andrew Beane
Author says: what if Fidel Castro and JFK were allies, muses Andrew Beane? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
February 8: on this day in 1963,
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, nationalist leader and the primary proponent of
abolitionism in the Caribbean, was proclaimed Prime Minister of the new Cuban
Republic today. Castro's first official act as prime minister was to free all
negro slaves on the island, which was largely ceremonial since the revolution
had made slave-owning a very hazardous venture as a total of 158 slave-owners
had been murdered by Castro's followers.
The Confederate States of America, who operated Cuba as a puppet state while maintaining the island's independence, condemned the proclamation and the precedent that the liberation of the island's slaves may set for slavery in Confederate territory as a whole.
"We choose to support freedom. We choose to make certain that every man, woman and child in North America is free in this decade" ~ JFK
Castro's rise to power, following a six-year revolution, is being
celebrated by both anti-Confederate Cuban nationalists and abolitionists
alike. A general strike was called for the day by nationalist union leaders,
and millions poured into the streets of Habana to cheer for the freedom of the
nation and for that of its negro citizens. The sound of automobile horns
played like a symphony in the cities. Pro-Confederate President-elect Manuel
Urrutia Lleo, who took over for former-President Fulgencio Batista, was forced
to flee to Florida as Castro's rebel army were marching on the capitol.
John F. Kennedy, the President of the United States, welcomed the news of Castro's official capture of power. He had already admitted at the beginning of the year that the CIA had been secretly funneling weapons to the nationalists. In 1962, Kennedy appeared at Rice Stadium and told the nation "We choose to support freedom. We choose to make certain that every man, woman and child in North America is free in this decade". On hearing of the news out of Cuba this morning, Kennedy was quoted as saying we are "One giant leap closer to that goal".
Confederate President Strom Thurmond issued a sharp rebuke against the Cuban nationalists, promising an embargo on the island if Castro " .. did not step back from profaning the right and sacred institution of slavery". Thurmond's' words carry little weight. The CSA's economy is still struggling to pull out of a near-twenty year slump following the loss of the Second World War against the Allies. Wide-spread unemployment, the building of the new national capitol in Augusta, Georgia, and the occupation of Panama since the assassination of Cantera have left little finances to allow for an invasion of Cuba. An embargo would be difficult, as merchant vessels in the Caribbean usually enjoy an escort by Union Navy gunboats.
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