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Marianas in Combat: Tete Puebla and the Mariana Grajales Women's Platoon in Cuba's Revolutionary War 1956-58 Paperback – January 8, 1990
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In the exchange with the interviewer Teté tells the story of her experiences in the Cuban revolutionary war. And the story she tells indicates a great deal about how the Cuban revolution, from its earliest days, tried to promote the emancipation of women from their subjugated condition.
Teté's struggle began in 1956, not as a fight for the rights of women, but as a fight for the most basic rights of her community in the town of Yara in Eastern Cuba under siege by Batista's thugs. Once the rebel band led by Fidel Castro was established in the area, Teté began running errands for them, smuggling guns and supplies.
Discovered by the army's agents, she was forced to flee to the Sierra in July 1957. She was integrated into the guerrilla army in a support capacity. As a resourceful and courageous fighter, she soon came to grips with the fact that there was no women's combat unit. So she volunteered to form one. Fidel agreed, and thus was born the Mariana Grajales Women's Platoon (the Marianas). The young women fighters went into combat together with the men, and, in addition to demonstrating their bravery and marksmanship, laid the foundation stone for a new kind of society in Cuba.
The new Cuba was born with men and women fighting side by side on an equal basis to liberate Cuba from the misery imposed upon it by the colossus to the north. This egalitarian principle, laid down in battle as a norm of action, became a model for the new society as it developed.Read more ›
In her work following Batista's departure and the victory of the July 26 forces, Tete Puebla helped organize housing and education for widows and children. Included were the families left behind by the worst henchmen for Batista, who were treated with respect. This was another way the revolutionary new government gained wider support.
Puebla tells the story of a totally different kind of army, and a whole population organized and trained to defend the gains they have made against the plots and aggression from the U.S. government. Included in her story is much of the history of women in Cuba. We learn what's changed since women were "mere bed decorations" and what is left to be accomplished.
This is no Cooks tour about the perfection of Cuban revolutionists, but it does show how Fidel fought for women's equal role because they were recognized as fighters. To me the most wonderful part is the description of how the revolution dealt not just with the orphans of revolutionary martyrs, but with children orphaned because their parents were in Batista's murderous criminal army. They were all treated the same, as children of the revolution. Read this book and you will recognize the depth of the lies that Washington, and Ottawa, and London throw at the Cuban Revolution. Read this and you will be able to look forward to the time your country can be transformed as Cuba was!
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The good thing about this book is the details offered about Castro's interventions all over the world; however the reader must exercise great caution since the book is unabashedly... Read morePublished on October 12, 2005 by Laurence Daley
I loved this book! the only flaw for me was its length--i.e. too short. I wanted to know more about this brave woman fighter and revolutionary from Cuba and her story. Read morePublished on July 4, 2003 by Barbara J. Greemway