Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara has become a universal symbol of political or social opposition.

Photograph by Redthoreau, courtesy Wikimedia

Download this file

  • On October 8, 1967, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara was executed by government forces in La Higuera, Bolivia. Although most associated with the successful Cuban Revolution of 1959, Guevara was dedicated to radical social and political reform throughout Latin America and Africa.

    Following his death, Guevara became an international symbol of revolution and rebellion, and has been the subject of books, songs, films—and millions of t-shirts.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    Cuban revolution Noun

    (1959) revolt that led to the overthrow of the dictator Fulgencio Batista in Cuba.

    execute Verb

    to put to death by order of the law or in a well-planned manner.

    government Noun

    system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.

    Latin America Noun

    South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

    rebellion Noun

    organized resistance to an authority.

    reform noun, verb

    change or improvement of a policy or process.

    revolutionary Adjective

    new or innovative.

    symbol Noun

    something used to represent something else.