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Part Two: Checking Your Answers

Directions: Using the Web sites below, as well as books in your classroom or library and other resources suggested by your teacher, answer or check your answers to the questions from Part One. Make changes or additions if your answers were incorrect or incomplete.

»President Kennedy's Assassination

Kennedy is Killed By Sniper As He Rides In Car In Dallas; Johnson Sworn In On Plane
This Nov. 23, 1963 front-page story from The New York Times describes the nation's reaction to the assassination of President Kennedy.

»Key Political Definitions

Here are some Web sites with important definitions for understanding Lee Harvey Oswald, who called himself a Marxist and whose ideas were shaped by the Cold War.




»The Cold War

The Cold War
Here is a definition of the Cold War.

CNN Knowledge Bank: Timelines
This Web site, part of the CNN documentary series "The Cold War," has several different chronologies of key events during this period. The two chronologies entitled "Cold War Flashpoints" and "The Bomb Timeline" have descriptions of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

»The 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion

The Bay of Pigs Invasion
Here is a short summary of the invasion from The Columbia Encyclopedia.

The Bay of Pigs Invasion
Another short summary of the invasion, from The Reader's Companion to American History.

Invasion at Bay of Pigs
This Web site gives one Cuban exile's view of the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

»The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis
This Web site, from "History and Politics Out Loud" gives, in its introduction, a good overview of the crisis. It also has a timeline of the crisis and audio of President Kennedy and his staff discussing the events.

The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: The 40th Anniversary
The introduction to this book from The National Security Archive at George Washington University gives a good overview of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

The Cuban Threat Will Be Removed has featured on their site President Kennedy's Oct. 22, 1962 letter to Premier Khrushchev, the leader of Russia, in which he outlines the U.S. position on the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: A Political Perspective
This Web site was published by the National Security Archive at George Washington University for the Cuban Missile Crisis' 40th anniversary. It contains two chronologies of the incident, declassified documents, photographs, and analysis from a conference featuring U.S., Russian and Cuban veterans of the crisis. Also, this site offers a link to the original Washington Post coverage of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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