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Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis to Detente

Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis to Detente

Challenges & Opportunities

Available to teachers only as part of the Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis to Detente Teacher Pass


Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis to Detente Teacher Pass includes:

  • Assignments & Activities
  • Reading Quizzes
  • Current Events & Pop Culture articles
  • Discussion & Essay Questions
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Related Readings in Literature & History

Sample of Challenges & Opportunities


In one sense, this unit explores contrasting events: America's success in staring down the Soviets in Cuba, thereby enforcing the policy of containment; and Nixon's visit to China, reversing 25 years of uncompromising anti-communist foreign policy. 

Perhaps even more curiously, in contrast to Kennedy's use of nuclear-backed quarantine, Nixon prepared the way for his visit to China with ping pong paddles. But as we emphasize here, the two events had far more in common than was acknowledged at the time.