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Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis to Detente

Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis to Detente

Discussion & Essay Questions

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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


    Big Picture

    • Was there anything ironic in Kennedy's tough cold warrior position during the 1960 campaign?
      • Attacking the record of Dwight Eisenhower?
      • What made Kennedy a believable representative of a new toughness?
    • How might America's embarrassment at the Bay of Pigs have influenced Kennedy's response to the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba?
    • How might Kennedy's campaign rhetoric have influenced his response to the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba?
      • Did they?
      • Did Kennedy respond as you might have expected?
    • What was the upside of the "near-death experience" of the crisis?
    • Was there a downside?