Cold War: The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962 Return to the case study menu
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4a According to Kennedy, what has US surveillance found on Cuba?
4b Make a list of all the ways that the findings threaten the USA.
4c Make a list of Kennedy's 7 actions, using less than 50 words if possible.

Analysis and Interpretation 4d Do you think Kennedy's speech was intended to alarm Americans or keep them calm?
4e Which effect do you think it actually had?
4f Kennedy is setting out his plans in 7 action points:
  • Does he come across as reasonable?
  • Is that because his plans are reasonable?
  • Is it because he is a skillful speaker?


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    Extract from President Kennedy's TV broadcast announcing the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba (National Archives and Records Administration)

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    Extract from President Kennedy's TV broadcast announcing the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba