Hero And Villain: Fidel Castro's Divided Legacy
Some of his ideas were progressive, but he was often considered a controversial ruler.By Jake Jones | November 26, 2016
The reactions to Fidel Castro's death are all over the place. To understand why, you have to have some context.
Castro was a political up-and-comer and leftist revolutionary alongside Che Guevara in the 1950s. The two started a resistance movement in 1952 after president-turned-dictator Fulgencio Batista canceled the elections and took control of the government.
Their insurgency eventually won out, and in 1959, Castro drove into Havana to take power.