In the wake of the Cuban Revolution, the United States was prepared to acknowledge the new regime in Cuba. This quickly changed as it came to fear the spread of communism across Latin America as it did in Southeast Asia. This gave rise to debatably the longest-standing piece of foreign policy in the history of the U.S.—the economic embargo on Cuba. This embargo, supplemented by six ancillary pieces of legislation, created sanctions that would clearly stand the test of time. After its 52nd anniversary on February 7th of this year, Americans are divided as to where they stand. In South Florida, where the Cuban diaspora have migrated and reproduced, it seems to be that the issue is one of identity and ironically, defeat among the Cuban-American population.
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