The Start of the Cold War in Latin America
by Steve Cushion
The Cold War started early in Cuba, with anti-communist purges of the trade unions already under way by 1947. Corruption and government intervention succeeded in removing the left-wing leaders of many unions but, in those sectors where this approach failed, gunmen linked to the ruling party shot and killed a dozen leading trade union militants, including the General Secretary of the Cuban Sugar Workers’ Federation.
Based on material from the Cuban archives and confidential US State Department files, this SHS Occasional Publication examines the activities of the US government, the Mafia and the American Federation of Labor, as well as corrupt Cuban politicians and local gangsters, in this early episode of the Cold War.
This is a joint publication of the “Socialist History Society” and “Caribbean Labour Solidarity”
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Steve Cushion is Secretary of Caribbean Labour Solidarity and author of
“A HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION How the Working Class Shaped the Guerilla Victory” published by Monthly Review (2016)