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JFK: Kennedy and the Cold War. Mr. Bach Hudson High School Accelerated U.S. History. Flexible Response. Peace Corps. The Cuban Revolution (1959). Guerrilla Leader Fidel Castro overthrows US-supported Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Castro Turns to Communism.

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jfk kennedy and the cold war

JFK: Kennedy and the Cold War

Mr. Bach

Hudson High School

Accelerated U.S. History

the cuban revolution 1959
The Cuban Revolution (1959)
  • Guerrilla Leader Fidel Castro overthrows US-supported Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
castro turns to communism
Castro Turns to Communism
  • Castro started to seize private businesses (including American owned) on the island.
  • Made overtures to the Soviet Union and made anti-American speeches.
cuban trade
Cuban Trade
  • Soviet Union opens up a trade agreement with Cuba.
  • President Eisenhower had cut off all trade with Cuba.
assassination attempts
Assassination Attempts
  • CIA with Mafia hitmen try to assassinate Castro (including an attempt with an exploding cigar)
cia training for invasion
CIA Training for Invasion
  • Cuban Exiles trained by CIA to invade Cuba and overthrow Castro
  • JFK gives the go-ahead for the invasion
air strike problems
Air Strike Problems
  • Old US Bombers piloted by Cuban Exiles used to destroy Cuba’s air force (fails)
  • Exposes US connection to invasion
land invasion disaster
Land Invasion Disaster
  • Bay of Pigs land invasion fails
    • Castro alerted by air strikes
    • Cuban Exiles given no air support
      • Are captured and tortured
results
Results
  • Castro strengthens his ties to Khrushchev for protection
kennedy vs khrushchev
Kennedy vs. Khrushchev
  • The Berlin Crisis
    • An early test