Robert F. Lamkin - Honors in History
The Life and Death of a Revolutionary: Che Guevara, Bolivia and the United States?


The purpose of this paper was to examine the revolutionary life of Che Guevara, and endeavor to find out what was were the events during the last year of his life that lead to his death. Also, the paper attempts to discover the role, if any, the United States played in the death of Che.

The life Ernesto "Che" Guevara started in an unassuming middle class family, but he quickly embarked on a path that would lead him to Bolivia in 1967. By 1954, his journey had led him to Guatemala, and this was where his relationship with the United States Central Intelligence Agency would begin. After the forces he was supporting were defeated, Che fled Guatemala to Mexico; it would be here in Mexico that he would meet Fidel Castro. This meeting between Fidel and Che would greatly alter the future for Che, because he quickly joined Fidel Castro's revolutionary movement. By 1959, Castro's revolution was successful, and Che had a desire to spread the Cuban form of revolution.

To Che, his major goal was to end the imperialism of the United States, and this was what took Che from the Congo in 1965 and to Bolivia at the end of 1966. His goal was to force the United States into another Vietnam type war. It would be in Bolivia that Che would lead his final campaign-ultimately, it would end in failure. Out of his death, there would be questions that would arise about the circumstances surrounding his death. The paper attempts to show that the Bolivians had multiple reasons for executing Che and the role of the United States in his death was very minimal.