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Cuba and us relations

Global Issues

Thursday 1/12/12


  • This week, you have learned about the difference between command and market economies. Name one country in North, South or Latin America that leans more to a market economy. Name one country in North, South or Latin America that has more of a command economy.

Brief History of US and Cuba Relations

  • Can anyone in the US go to Cuba at any time?

    • Answer: No!

    • Why Not?

      • In 1960, the US imposed an embargo on trading with Cuba because of Cuba’s communist leaning govt under Fidel Castro

        • Why does the US dislike communism so much?

      • How would not being able to trade with the US affect the lives of Cuban at this time?

Brief History of US and Cuba Relations (cont.)

  • Cuba had support of Soviet Union from the 1960s-80s, which caused greater tensions between the US and Cuba

  • Cuba’s economy did well for a time, but eventually economic problems began

    • Why do you think Cuba had economic issues even with support from the Soviet Union?

      • Soviet Union had $ problems as well, and Cuba couldn’t trade with it’s resource-rich neighbor (US)

      • Cubans began to risk their lives by travelling on rafts and boats to the US

Brief History of US and Cuba Relations (cont.)

  • Cuba operates under a mostly command economy

  • Most of Cuba’s people are employed by the government (public sector), but more Cubans are now working in the private sector-what does this term mean?

    • Private sector are those people who work for businesses or themselves, they don’t work for the govt (examples)

Video Clip of Modern Cuba

  • Cuba is starting to change-Fidel Castro has been replaced by his brother Raul, and they are moving more toward a market economy because of the growing private sector

  • As you watch the video, write down examples of private sector jobs mentioned and other ways Cuba is changing economically (write this info in your graphic organizer)

Group Activity

  • In your groups, you will be reading excerpts from the US Constitution and the Constitution of Cuba

  • Each passage refers to the rights given to people to buy, sell, and own private property

  • Read the instructions at the top of the worksheet, then write each clause in your own words on the second worksheet

  • Write down any similarities and differences you notice between the two documents on your worksheet

  • Be prepared to discuss your findings with the class

Exit Slip

  • After today’s lesson, do you believe that we will ever lift the embargo and trade with Cuba? Why or why not?

  • Turn in both your bellwork, exit slip, and activity before you leave!

  • Tomorrow we will look at more examples of different economies throughout the world

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