ERNESTO “CHE”GUEVARAFrom “The MotorcycleDiaries” to the man behindthe legend
ERNESTO – EARLY YEARS Ernesto Guevara de la Serna was born on May 14, 1928 He was born into an upper middle-class family Joined the Partido Union Democratica as a teenager“What we had in common - our restlessness, ourimpassioned spirits, and a love for the open road.”
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES “This isnt a tale of heroic feats. Its about two lives running parallel for a while, with common aspirations and similar dreams.”
SURVIVAL Two Argentine Leprosy Experts Tour Latin America By Motorcycle.
COLONIALISM AT ITS WORST“And then many things became very clear... welearned perfectly that the life of a single human beingis worth millions of times more than all the property ofthe richest man on earth.”
SAN PABLO LEPER VILLAGE Initial Purpose, yet final stop in the film Divided by Amazon River, united in spirit
GUATEMALA Major land reform 1953 - Guevara joined the government of President Jacabo Arbenz Arbenz was overthrown by a CIA- sponsored coup"I was born in Argentina, I fought in Cuba, and Ibegan to be a revolutionary in Guatemala."
“Let the worldchange you andyou can change the world”
CUBAN REVOLUTION Joined Fidel Castro’s July 26 Movement in Mexico Played a key role in the success of the guerilla war Helped overthrow Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista “A revolution without guns? It would never work.”
REVOLUTION AFTERMATH Fidel Castro took control of Cuba Guevara strongly opposed the United States Guevara attempted to align Cuba with the Soviet Union Cuban leaders went against Guevara due to his criticism of the Soviet Union’s lack of support for Cuba 1965 – Guevara leaves Cuba
CONGO AND BOLIVIA Che traveled to the Congo and Bolivia to prepare a new revolution Guevara was not welcome in either country and was ultimately turned over to the Bolivian army 1967 – Che was executed at age 39 It has been said Che resembles Jesus Christ in his death pictures
HERO OR TERRORIST? “If you can tremble with indignation every time an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades.” “To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate."
CLASS DISCUSSION Did Che Guevara’s view on colonialism contribute to his development into a hero or a terrorist?