Tom Little
"Ah that's aggression--but insignificant!"
The Tennessean, May 29, 1960
Tom Little Collection
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
Fidel Castro reads a book entitled "Krushchev's Dictionary" next to a newspaper with the headline "U.S. plans to cut off economic aid to Cuba." The caption reads: "Ah that's aggression--but insignificant!" After Fidel Castro took power in 1958, the United States grew increasingly worried that Cuba would succumb to Communism. Castro had met on amicable terms with President Eisenhower in 1959, leading the President to adopt a neutral "wait and see" policy toward Cuba. However, after Castro nationalized US oil refineries in Cuba, America broke off diplomatic ties with the island country. In 1960, Castro's relationship with Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviet Union, became closer, and at the same time his relationship with U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower became icier.