Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Historical Methods and Interpretations

Our interview of that wonderful Cuban-American lady at the library last week reinforced my view of Castro and his dictatorship. Of the many waves of immigrants that have arrived on America's shores, Cuban refugees from Castro's opression in the early 1960's expected to be returning to their homeland after Castro's overthrow, and hence, viewed their residence in the United States as a temporary affair. Here we are fifty years later, and many of these Cuban-Americans, their children and grand-children are still in the U.S. and are American citizens. The stories of these original refugees are heart breaking. What Castro did in his early years in power was to force into exile many of Cuba's "best and brightest" to the United States. This was to the detriment of Cuba and the professional and cultural enrichment of the United States.


At 6:06 PM, Blogger Donnie said...

I thought my particular group was very lucky to interview Mrs. Lily Grimes. She very colorfully painted a picture with her words of the experience of cuban immigrants who fleed Castro's dictatorship. Just as well as she interestingly described her experience, she captured a sense of milledgeville in the 1960's. I thought she was a wonderful speaker, and I could have listened to her share her experiences for much longer. As is probably the case with other interviews, it took a little while for her emotions to truly get involved with her discussion. Just as our meeting was ending, she began to show the class the emotional effects of her emmigration from Cuba. In a setting such as the one in which we held our interview could have taken away a little from the experience. I believe a one-on-one interview free of time restraints could have probbed deeper into her memory and perhaps revealed much happier and sadder recollections. Her response in regard to the Elian Gonzalez issue was very interesting. Mrs. Grimes definately felt that Elian should have stayed in America where he could recieve a full education. All in all, the interview really impressed and captivated me. I look forward to doing more in the future.


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