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.”