In Cuba, known as the October Crisis of 1962, and in the former Soviet Union as the Caribbean Crisis. The hottest moment of the Cold War. The Cuban Missle Crisis developed in October 1962 when U.S. intelligence agencies photographed Soviet nuclear missile bases under construction in Cuba. The Cuban bases would place Soviet nuclear warheads in the American hemisphere--within easy striking distance of the United States. President John F. Kennedy called for the prompt dismantling and removal of any offensive weapons in Cuba. After days of tense negotiations, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to dismantle the sites and remove all weapons if the United States would promise not to invade Cuba.
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1961-1963 Cuban Missile Crisis and Aftermath
Extensive collection of U.S. government documents from the period, including list of key players, glossary of abbreviations, and sources.
Address on the Cuban Crisis
Speech given by John F. Kennedy on October 22, 1962.
Cuban History: Missile Crisis
Timeline and commentary on the missile crisis, from a Marxist perspective.
Cuban Missile Crisis
Copies and translation of letters exchanged between Premier Khrushchev and President Kennedy during the crisis.
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: The 40th Anniversary
Comprehensive account of the events from the US National Security Archive. Includes declassified documents, audio files, photographs, and commentary.
The Cuban Missile Crisis, October 18-29, 1962
RealAudio files of recordings made in Kennedy's Oval Office during the crisis, includes extensive notes on each recording.
Cuban Missile Crisis--Military Operations
An overview, plus links, of the military operations aspects of the crisis.
Intelligence Imagery and the Cuban Missiles Crisis
Illustrated site from the Federation of American Scientists focuses on the role of overhead photography in identifying the missile sites in Cuba. Site also includes edited CIA documents and links to other sites.
The World On the Brink: John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Site for the 40th anniversary exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Library has a chronology and extensive links to documents and audio files.
Learning from the Missile Crisis
Max Frankel, a reporter for the New York Times in 1963, gives a brisk tour of the crisis. (October 01, 2002)
Soviet Deception in the Cuban Missile Crisis
US CIA analysis of denial and deception efforts, beginning in the spring of 1962. (March 01, 2002)
United Nations - Cuban Missile Crisis Debate
Transcript of the famous debate between U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Adlai E. Stevenson and Soviet representative Valerian A. Zorin in the U.N. Security Council. (October 23, 1963)
Moscow's Betrayal of the Cuban Revolution
US socialist analysis of Kennedy-Khrushchev agreement's detrimental effect on world workers' movements. (November 01, 1962)
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