Cuba: José Martí, Apostle of Cuban Independence II

Lead: Poet, revolutionary, novelist, playwright, politician, martyr, José Martí, provided the theoretical underpinning for the Cuban Revolution in the 1890s and then with his own sacrifice, kicked it into life.

 Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

 Content: Ironically, all parts of the Cuban political spectrum, democrat to Marxist, look to José Martí as the inspiration of the Revolution. Beginning in the early 1890s he devoted all his energies to the cause of independence from Spain. He formed the Revolutionary Party and began recruiting the leadership for what was going to be a long struggle against the entrenched power of Spain and those Cubans allied by sentiment and economics to the island’s status quo. 

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Cuba: José Martí, Apostle of Cuban Independence I

Lead: Of the leaders that secured Cuban freedom from Spain none ranks higher in respect and admiration than Don José Julián Martí y Pérez. Among the people he was known as the Apostle of Independence.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Martí was born in Havana in 1853, the son of sergeant in the Spanish army’s Royal Artillery Corps. By the time he was a teenager, the differences between Father and son over many issues such as slavery were apparent. Martí despised the cruelty in the institution of slavery. He returned to Cuba for his schooling.

 

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