On This Day: Cuban Missile Crisis

Just how close was the world to nuclear war in October 1962? Using White House audio tapes recording John F. Kennedy and his advisors, aerial footage, and newsreels, learners decide for themselves. Historians also weigh in on the Cuban Missile Crisis and lessons people learned from it. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • View the intelligence film produced by the CIA to stimulate a conversation about reliable sources of historical information
  • Create a continuum debate for class members to decide how close the United States came to nuclear war
Classroom Considerations
  • Teachers must create a free C-SPAN Classroom account or use the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Primary sources are gripping and add authenticity to the video
  • White House audio tapes and recon footage from the crisis let pupils view history firsthand
  • One clip cuts off in mid-sentence