Why was the Cuban Missile Crisis one of the most dangerous moments of the Cold War?
Fifth edition. December 2017.
Like no other region of the globe, the Caribbean Basin has served as a testing ground for U.S. foreign policy. From the Monroe Doctrine to Cold War containment, from the Big Stick and Dollar Diplomacy to the Good Neighbor Policy and the Alliance for Progress, the countries of the Caribbean and Central America have felt the full weight of their colossal neighbor to the north. U.S. expansion overseas can trace its beginnings to the explosion of the Maine and Teddy Roosevelt’s charge up San Juan Hill. Over half a century later, our country’s struggle with the Soviet Union reached the boiling point during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Cuban Missile Crisis: Considering Its Place in Cold War History examines the crisis that brought the world to the brink of war. The unit analyzes the Cold War dynamics that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis and examines the decision-making process within the Kennedy administration. It prepares students to consider thoughtfully the causes and ramifications of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The unit is divided into two parts. Each part includes:
- Student readings
- Accompanying study guides, graphic organizers, and key terms
Lessons aligned with the readings that develop analytical skills and can be completed in one or more periods
- Videos that feature leading experts
This unit also includes an Options Role Play as the key lesson. You do not need to use the entire unit; feel free to select what suits your classroom needs.
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