Cuban Missile CrisisOverview
In this 11-minute video and accompanying lesson plan students will analyze and evaluate the actions taken by the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis. The video will explore the history leading to the crisis, the events that nearly led to a nuclear war, and how the actions of leaders can lead to unknown consequences for their country and many other nations.
This video also examines how sixty years later, the United States and Russia are again in a risky standoff, this time over Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. As the United States provides support to Ukraine, President Biden has said the conflict raises the “prospect of Armageddon’’ to the highest level since the Cuban missile crisis.
This story is featured in our webinar, “Kennedy and the Cold War: Berlin to Cuba and Beyond.”
- Identify actions by U.S. and Soviet leaders that led each side to react the way they did
- Analyze reactions by each side and come up with ways to averted the crisis
- U.S. History
- Cold War
- 1960s America
- The Postwar Era (1945-1980)
- America as a World Power
- John F. Kennedy
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- Civics and Government
- U.S. History
- Soviet Union
- How do the actions of one leader/nation affect the actions of other nations?
- To what level can leaders of a country control events once they have set them in motion?
Apply civic virtues and democratic principles when working with others.
Analyze change and continuity in historical eras.
Use questions generated about individuals and groups to assess how the significance of their actions changes over time and is shaped by the historical context.
Analyze multiple and complex causes and effect of events in the past.