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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
Share Your Views [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What are your thoughts about Fidel Castro and about Cuba?

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
Comparta su opinión [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What are your thoughts about Fidel Castro and about Cuba? (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)

Hijacked!
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Should the U.S. have ordered an air strike against the hijackers?

Hijacked!
The American Hijacker [Text-based]

Meet Patrick Arguello, the hijacker who was a U.S. citizen.

Hijacked!
Press Conference [Video]

See historic news coverage of the events in the desert.

Jimmy Carter
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Do you think America should have attacked Iran during the hostage crisis?

Jimmy Carter
Brokering Peace [Flash interactive]

Peace in the Middle East: how did Carter get closer than anyone before or since? Flash with non-Flash version available.

Jimmy Carter
Camp David's Legacy [Text-based]

Political scientist Betty Glad explains why Carter's peace accords were substantial and historic.

Jimmy Carter
After the White House [Non-Flash interactive]

Jimmy Carter has redefined the role of ex-president. Learn about his role in eradicating Guinea worm disease.

Nixon
Chronology of Visit to the People's Republic of China [Text-based]

A day-by-day itinerary of Nixon's trip to China.

Nixon's China Game
Quiz: Who Said That? [Non-Flash interactive]

The language of politicians can be remarkably similar. Read quotes from Richard Nixon, Mao Tse-tung, and Chou En-lai. Then figure out who said what.

Nixon's China Game
Kissinger Interview [Other]

In this extended interview, Henry Kissinger discusses his role in Nixon's historic visit to China. There are nine minutes of video clips in which Kissinger answers seven questions about the visit.

Nixon's China Game
The Nixon Visit [Text-based]

Read a short essay about Richard Nixon's historic visit to China in 1972

Reagan
Video Clip: Reagan Announces S.D.I. [Video]

President Reagan's 1983 address to the nation, announcing his controversial nuclear defense plan.

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

Hijacked!
Hijacked Flights [Flash interactive]

On September 6, 1970, in the skies over Europe, four armed teams of Palestinian Marxist terrorists leapt into action on four airplane flights. Track the coordinated hijackings on this interactive map and find out what happened next. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Nixon's China Game
The Nixons' Tour of China [Flash interactive]

The Nixons went on a weeklong trip to the People's Republic of China in February 1972. Retrace their history-making tour. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Primary source

Jimmy Carter
444 Days: America Reacts [Other]

Revisit four days from the hostages' long ordeal; view news footage and read Americans' opinions. Four clips.

LBJ
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons [Text-based]

An international treaty is signed to avert "the devastation that would be visited upon all mankind by a nuclear war."

Reagan
The Evil Empire [Text-based]

The president contrasts American freedom with Soviet communism in this speech.

Reagan
National Security [Text-based]

Reagan argues against defense budget cuts.

Reagan
Iran Arms and Contra Aid Controversy [Text-based]

Reagan explains his role in the "Arms for Hostages" crisis.

Reagan
The Brotherhood of Man [Text-based]

In one of his last public speeches, Reagan exults in America winning the Cold War.

Timeline

Fidel Castro
Post-Revolution Cuba [Text-based]

Fidel Castro
La Cuba posrevolucionaria [Text-based]

(in spanish)

Hijacked!
Conflict in the Middle East [Text-based]

Nixon
World Timeline (1968-1973) [Text-based]

Nixon's China Game
Timeline of U.S.-China Relations [Non-Flash interactive]

Explore U.S.-China relations in this interactive timeline.

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)

Hijacked!
Further Reading [Text-based]

Nixon's China Game
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.

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.

Jimmy Carter
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore the political rise of the South, presidential campaigns and elections, energy policy, inflation and unemployment, peace and war in the Middle East, the Iranian hostage crisis, the role of ex-presidents and the fight to eradicate disease.

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.

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.

War Letters
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discuss censorship, wartime service and sacrifice, and the experiences of individuals affected by war.