Batista's regime in Cuba from 1952 to 1959 was one marked with corruption and vice. Consider how a figure like Castro would become popular under Batista's rule. How do you think Castro's time in prison influenced his popularity? What about the significance of Che Guevara in Castro's rise? How did the images of Guevara and Castro play out among liberal and youth movements? Why did the US withdraw support from the Batista regime--should we consider this a crucial error in US Cold War policy in Latin America?