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By the time Batista came to power, however, middle-class families had begun to struggle. The increasing price of imported goods, such as refrigerators and other desired modern conveniences, made it more difficult for them to maintain their standard of living. Conditions were far worse for the poor. Living conditions for rural factory workers and farm laborers had changed little. In rural areas, Cubans endured poor housing, few schools, and little access to health care. Outside of the big cities, Cuba appeared to be stuck in the previous century.
S. S. sugar mills and mines had left the country. Batista and the military still held Havana and the region around it, as well as such major cities as Santiago and Santa Clara. The government controlled other areas in the country, but rebel groups were gaining ground quickly. By mid-October 1958, Guevara and Cienfuegos, chief of the Camp Columbia army headquarters, had moved their troops into the Las Villas and Pinar del Río provinces. Presidential elections were held on November 3. Because Cubans knew that the election would be rigged, many voters boycotted the vote.
Guevara would move his group of 150 rebels westward to the central province of Las Villas. S. citizens in Cuba. Among them was John Foster Dulles, who was serving as secretary of state under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. S. government would not be blackmailed into helping Castro’s rebels. indd 63 9/15/11 10:14 AM 64 THE CUBAN REVOLUTION Havana and eastern Cuba. Guevara’s unit would also try to nudge out the other guerrilla groups operating in the region. At the same time, Camilo Cienfuegos and about 80 rebels would maneuver south of Havana and begin operations in the far western province of Pinar del Río.
Chance Vought V-173 & Xf5U-1 Flying Pancakes by A. Schone, Steven J. Ginter