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The focus of this investigation will be “To what extent did the Federation of Cuban Women advance women’s roles during Castro’s regime (1960 – 1980)?” and will analyze the degree to which the Federation advanced women’s roles in Cuba’s society while Castro was in power. The investigation centers around the period from 1960 to 1980 to allow for the analysis of women’s roles after Castro took power but before the Mariel Boatlift and mass emigration of Cubans to the U.S.The first source that will be evaluated in depth is Cuba: from Columbus to Castro and Beyond, written by Jaime Suchlicki in 2002. This source outlines a wide range of events in Cuban history, giving a broad picture of Cuba’s modern origins. The origin of this source is valuable because Suchlicki was a director of the University of Miami’s Research Institute for Cuban Studies and has written extensively on Cuban affairs. The value is further strengthened by its date of publication, 2002, since Suchlicki was able to analyze a broad range of sources including interviews, government documents, and statistics that had recently become available. However, a limitation of the text is that it was not written during Castro’s regime, so information might not be completely accurate. Furthermore, the text does not cite its sources, so the information presented may not be correct.The purpose of the book is to give a concise study of major trends and events in Cuba’s history with a focus on twentieth century Cuba. This is valuable because it shows that a wide time period has been examined, allowing for the identification of trends over time. However, because the studied time period is so broad, it doesn’t allow for in depth analysis about specific events in Cuba’s history. The second source evaluated in depth will be “Women’s Equality in Cuba: What Difference Does a Revolution Make”, written by Debra Evenson in 1986 and published by the journal Law and Inequality: a Journal of Theory and Practice. It provides a comprehensive report on women’s equality in Cuba before, during, and after the Cuban Revolution, and is thus valuable because the author is able to compare and contrast the effect of the revolution on women’s rights and roles. The origin of this source is valuable because Evenson was a legal expert on Cuba, wrote extensively about the Cuban revolution, and represented Cuba in several court cases. However, a limitation of the origin is that Evenson worked very closely with Cuba which possibly created bias. The purpose of this text is to discuss the extent to which the Cuban Revolution advanced women’s rights, and is therefore valuable because it gives detailed information about specific actions within the revolution. However, because the source only covers the period from right before the Cuban Revolution to right after, it does not give a complete view of the history of women’s rights in Cuba.

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