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Fidel Castro
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Will Cuban socialism outlast Castro?

Fidel Castro
Views on Cuba [Text-based]

Read four views on Cuba's past, present, and future.

Fidel Castro
Cuba Newsreels [Video]

Screen rare footage of Cuba over the years.

Fidel Castro
Interview Excerpts [Text-based]

Explore scholars' extended comments about Castro and Cuba.

Fidel Castro
Castro en Espanol [Other]

Access the entire Web site for this program in Spanish!

Fidel Castro
Encuesta en línea [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

¿Sobrevivirá el socialismo cubano a Castro?

Fidel Castro
Opiniones sobre Cuba [Text-based]

Read four views on Cuba's past, present, and future. (in spanish)

Fidel Castro
Noticiarios sobre Cuba [Video]

Screen rare footage of Cuba over the years. (in spanish)

Fidel Castro
Extractos de entrevistas [Text-based]

Explore scholars' extended comments about Castro and Cuba. (in spanish)

Race for the Superbomb
Tour a Secret Government Bunker [Non-Flash interactive]

Take a QTVR tour of a once-top-secret bomb shelter for members of Congress.

Race for the Superbomb
Nuclear Blast Damage [Image-based]

Would you survive a nuclear blast? Check out a hydrogen bomb's "zones of destruction."

Race for the Superbomb
View Film Footage of Actual Blasts [Video]

Video clips of several detonations and their effects. Six clips.

Race for the Superbomb
Nuclear Stockpiles and Tests [Image-based]

Two charts that reveal U.S. vs. Soviet nuclear weapon stockpiles and nuclear tests conducted between 1945 and 1997.

Race to the Moon
Space Race Diary [Text-based]

Get a glimpse behind the Iron Curtain with this Soviet general's diary.

Truman
Foreign Affairs [Text-based]

On Truman's watch, foreign policy faced critical challenges: communist threats, the atomic bomb, the formation of the Israeli state, conflict in Korea. Find out more about the decisions the president made.

War Letters
The Legacy Project [Video]

Find out about the Legacy Project, Andrew Carroll's all-volunteer organization that works to honor the men and women who served America in wartime.

Maps

Fidel Castro
Destination: Cuba [Non-Flash interactive]

How much do you know about the Caribbean's largest island?

Fidel Castro
Destino: Cuba [Non-Flash interactive]

How much do you know about the Caribbean's largest island? (in spanish)

Race for the Superbomb
Nuclear Weapons Test Map [Non-Flash interactive]

A map of nuclear test sites worldwide and target sites in the U.S.

Primary source

Ike
State of the Union Address, 1955 [Text-based]

Eisenhower affirms America's anti-communist stance in foreign affairs.

Ike
Second Inaugural Address, 1957 [Text-based]

Eisenhower affirms the nation's commitment to achieve peace through military, economic, political, and moral strength.

Ike
State of the Union Address, 1958 [Text-based]

A few months after the Soviet Sputnik launch, Eisenhower emphasizes America's preparedness.

Ike
State of the Union Address, 1959 [Text-based]

Eisenhower states that lasting peace with the Soviet Union will be possible only if treaties are strengthened by enforcement.

Ike
U-2 Incident [Text-based]

Official documents record a dialogue between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. after a U.S. spy plane goes down in Soviet territory.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
The Atomic Age [Other]

Atomic bombs were detonated regularly just 65 miles from Las Vegas. The Federal government made atomic testing feel safe and acceptable through a multi-media public relations blitz. Text, image and video clip.

Nixon
Malden House Speech by Congressman Richard Nixon [Text-based]

Congressman Richard Nixon attacks a suspected American spy.

Race for the Superbomb
Quiz: How Panic-Proof Are You? [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Race for the Superbomb
George Kennan's Telegram [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Truman's Statement on Detection of Soviet Atomic Test [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
General Advisory Committee's Majority and Minority Reports on Building the H-Bomb [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Soviet Response to President Truman's H-Bomb Announcement [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Hans Bethe's Statement to the FBI on Klaus Fuchs [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Klaus Fuchs' Statement [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Klaus Fuchs' Statement of Offense [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
A Report by the Joint Intelligent Committee on Implications of Soviet Possession of Atomic Weapons, 1950 [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Edward Teller's Testimony in the Oppenheimer Hearings [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Lewis Strauss's Complete Statement After Bravo and the Japanese Government's Response [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Igor Kurchatov's Report on the Danger of Atomic War [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Mary Sharmat's Statement Regarding Her Civil Defense Protest, 1959-1961 [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
A Defense Nuclear Agency Report on the Bravo Test Describing Wind Change [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Soviet Response to President Truman's H-Bomb Announcement [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Copy of the Aide Memoire Given to the U.S. Ambassador Allison by the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
A Defense Nuclear Agency Report on the Bravo Test Describing the Blast and Subsequent Fallout [Text-based]

Race to the Moon
Worldwide News [Text-based]

Read headlines about Apollo 8, the risks of space exploration, and more.

RFK
Freedom vs. Communism [Text-based]

In 1962, Robert Kennedy promoted democracy in the divided city of Berlin.

The Kennedys
Conspiracy Theories Speech [Text-based]

The president warns Americans against "crusades of suspicion."

The Kennedys
Berlin Speech, June 28, 1963 [Text-based]

Kennedy points to the Berlin Wall as proof of the failure of Communism, uniting all free people with the phrase "Ich bin ein Berliner."

The Kennedys
Letter from President Kennedy to Nikita Khrushchev, October 22, 1962 [Text-based]

JFK points out that the U.S. is pursuing a "minimum response" but will do whatever is necessary to assure its security.

The Kennedys
Report on the Arms Buildup in Cuba, October 22, 1962 [Text-based]

In a nationally televised address, JFK outlines Cuba's threat to the peace and security of the Americas.

The Kennedys
Letter from Nikita Khrushchev to John Kennedy, October 23, 1962 [Text-based]

The Soviet prime minister accuses Kennedy of creating a "serious threat to peace."

The Kennedys
Letter from President Kennedy to Nikita Khrushchev, October 23, 1962 [Text-based]

JFK blames the Soviets for beginning the crisis and announces a naval quarantine of Cuba.

The Kennedys
Letter from Nikita Khrushchev to John Kennedy, October 24, 1962 [Text-based]

The outraged Soviet leader rejects the American "ultimatum" and asserts that Soviet vessels will not honor the quarantine.

The Kennedys
Letter from Fidel Castro to Nikita Khrushchev, October 26, 1962 [Text-based]

Castro urges the Soviets to consider attacking the Americans if the U.S. invades Cuba.

The Kennedys
Letter from Nikita Khrushchev to Fidel Castro, October 28, 1962 [Text-based]

Khrushchev counsels Castro to stand firm and not respond to provocative American overflights of Cuban airspace.

The Kennedys
Letter from Fidel Castro to Nikita Khrushchev, October 28,1962 [Text-based]

The Cuban dictator explains to the Soviet prime minister why defending Cuban airspace is necessary.

The Kennedys
Nikita Khrushchev's Message to John Kennedy, October 28, 1962 [Text-based]

Khrushchev announces the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.

The Kennedys
Letter from Nikita Khrushchev to Fidel Castro, October 30, 1962 [Text-based]

The Soviet leader analyzes the outcome of the crisis and justifies his actions to Castro.

The Kennedys
Statement Announcing the End of the Cuban Naval Quarantine, November 20, 1962 [Text-based]

Kennedy lifts the quarantine after the Soviets agree to remove their bombers.

Truman
Truman Doctrine, 1947 [Text-based]

Truman
North Atlantic Treaty, 1949 [Text-based]

Timeline

Alone on the Ice
Exploration Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a 20th century exploration timeline.

Fidel Castro
Post-Revolution Cuba [Text-based]

Fidel Castro
La Cuba posrevolucionaria [Text-based]

(in spanish)

Meltdown at Three Mile Island
Timeline of Nuclear Technology [Text-based]

Race for the Superbomb
Timeline [Non-Flash interactive]

Frames version with non-frames text-only version available.

Race to the Moon
The Space Race [Text-based]

The Kennedys
World Timeline (1961-1963) [Text-based]

War Letters
Chronology of U.S. Military Actions and Wars, 1775 - 1995 [Text-based]

Read a timeline with maps of military actions and wars the U.S. has been in here and overseas.

Bibliography

Fidel Castro
Further Reading [Text-based]

Fidel Castro
Lecturas adicionales [Text-based]

(in spanish)

Race for the Superbomb
Further Reading [Text-based]

Race to the Moon
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

A Brilliant Madness
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Gain insight into the Cold War, game theory and its uses in foreign diplomacy, the government's role in nurturing genius, economic theories and research, the rise of math and science research for national security purposes, the nature of mental illness, and the history of treatments for mentally ill people.

Alone on the Ice
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about the Antarctic explorations, life in Antarctica, and the 1959 Antarctic Treaty.

Fidel Castro
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Use Fidel Castro to explore U.S. involvement in the Caribbean and Latin America, the Cold War, Communism, presidential politics, international diplomacy, nuclear war and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs, Cuban exiles and the Cuban American community, refugee policy, trade embargoes, and the nature of leadership. Web site available in both Spanish and English.

Hijacked
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study the peoples and histories of the Middle East, the impact of oil on world politics, issues about dealing with terrorists, the changing map of the Middle East, the involvement of the press in hostage situations, and the U.S. role in the Middle East conflict.

Nixon
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate Watergate, other presidential scandals, and Nixon's policies towards China.

Nixon's China Game
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Find out about the impact of the historic agreement between Nixon and the Chinese government.

Race for the Superbomb
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Research and debate the ethics, policy, and events that led from Hiroshima to the development of the hydrogen bomb.

Race to the Moon
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Track the Cold War, the space race, the Apollo missions, the technical challenges of space exploration, possibilities for sustaining human life in space, or social turmoil during the tumultuous year of 1968.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Understand communications history, U.S.-British relations, entrepreneurs and enterprise, marine science, and the growth of the global economy.