Welcome to the
Che Guevara Page at PlayaGirón.net
The goal of this page is to provide you with some information on a man I have become steadily more interested in over the course of my college career, the late Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928-1967).
I first caught the name off of my INTS 223 Anthropology of Oppression course syllabus for the book/pamphlet Socialism and Man in Cuba here at Trinity College in the spring of 1997. Later, I noticed a reference to Che in the liner notes of the newer Rage Against the Machine album, Evil Empire (and later saw a banner at one of their concerts), which displays a mess of assorted books on many subjects, including Socialism / Marxism / Communism / Anarchism / Black Nationalism etc.
Soon after that, I saw a film at Trinity's Cinestudio entitled Ernesto (Che) Guevara: The Bolivian Diary. Being exposed to all these publications in rapid succession made me want to find out just who this cultural icon really was.
The following page is the result of some research I've done on him, a portion spurred on by the thought of feeling inadequately educated on the political influence of his actions, the rest carried out in order to find out more about his unique and exemplary (that word is going to get me in trouble with someone, I'm sure, but I intend it not as a partisan view, but instead as a comment on his pursuits in education, athletics, and philosophy...not to mention a few incidents with the ladies...) life.
This page began as something I did in my spare time, and was updated as needed to reflect further reading and the many comments that people had sent me. In the spring semester of 1998, however, I integrated it into my formal education and it has benefited from the knowledge that I gained from courses entitled: HIST 379 The Cuban Revolution: Historical Origins, HIST 236 The History of Modern Latin America, and an independent study program with Trinity's year long Decolonization Series.
It has also been revised to reflect some of the experiences that I had during the summer of 1998 at the Universidad de La Habana and other stuff I did in the three weeks I was in Havana [check out my pictures, stamps and postcards!]. Finally, thanks goes to Professor Patricia Thornton for guiding me towards printed and electronic sources on Che through her syllabus on "Theories of Revolution"