Lot #6132
Fidel Castro Autograph Letter Signed

A 19-year-old Castro embarks on his first political venture while as a student at the University of Havana

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Estimate: $1000+

Description

A 19-year-old Castro embarks on his first political venture while as a student at the University of Havana

Extremely early ALS in Spanish, signed “F. Castro R.,” one page, 8.5 x 11, Hotel Vedado letterhead, March 10, 1946. Handwritten letter to classmate Porfirio Delange Faget, in full (translated): "Only two lines to tell you that the elections in the law school would be held on the morning of the 18th of this month. Thank you for attending and helping the triumph of our candidacy." In very good to fine condition, with toning and paper loss along the intersecting folds. Encapsulated in a PSA/DNA authentication holder.

During his unsuccessful campaign for the presidency of the Federation of University Students, Castro put forward a platform of 'honesty, decency and justice' and emphasized his opposition to corruption, which he associated with US involvement in Cuba. He became an outspoken critic of the corruption and violence of the regime of Cuban President Ramon Grau, and became increasingly involved with leftist student groups. Growing increasingly radical, Castro joined an attempt to overthrow Trujillo-led Dominican government in 1947, before returning home to stoke student protests in Havana. After obtaining his doctorate in law in September 1950, Castro co-opened an unsuccessful law firm before entering parliamentary politics as a Partido Ortodoxo candidate. When General Fulgencio Batista launched a coup and overthrew the elected presidency, Castro brought legal challenges against him. When this proved ineffective, he began to think of other ways to oust Batista—culminating in his own revolutionary movement that would seize the Cuban government at the end of the decade.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: PSA Encapsulated Autograph Auction
  • Dates: #652 - Ended September 22, 2022