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When William Morgan was executed outside a Havana prison on March 11, 1961, his strange story seemed to vanish from the popular imagination as quickly as it had appeared; it was lost in the classified archives of the Cold War; and it was edited out of Cuban history by Fidel Castro’s retelling of the revolution. "American Comandante" premieres November 17 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience.
In 1958, student activist Olga Rodriguez joined Eloy Menoyo's Second Front and was the first woman to join the guerrilla group. Rodriguez met and fell in love with American William Morgan. Through Rodriguez's stories, Morgan began to better understand the plight of the impoverished Cubans he was fighting for. "American Comandante" premieres November 17 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience.
William Morgan held out hope that the Cuban revolution would follow through on the ideals he had fought for. But more and more he saw things he didn't like or agree with: former comrades being arrested for speaking out against the government, the nationalization of newspapers and banks, jails filling up with prisoners. "American Comandante" premieres Nov. 17 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience.
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