1962 Cuban Missile Crisis Research Paper

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On October 16th, 1962, President Kennedy was informed about the presence of nuclear missiles on the island of Cuba (White), a direct threat to national security situated 90 miles south of the United States. In context, the event was a domestic challenge for Kennedy, as he had taken a hard stance against Fidel Castro and the presence of a Communist nation in the Western Hemisphere. In his 1960 presidential campaign, Kennedy had attacked Richard Nixon, Vice President and the Republican nominee for President, and the Eisenhower administration for allowing Fidel Castro to overthrow the American-favored dictator Fulgencio Batista in the 1959 Cuban Revolution (Fursenko and Naftali, 65). This factored into the events of Kennedy’s administration, …show more content…

However, as more information about the ongoing events during the crisis have been unclassified over time, new information has arisen that contradicts the historical record set by members of the Kennedy administration. This potential manipulation of the historical record served only to benefit members of the Kennedy administration. From this arises the research question: “Did the Kennedy administration mislead the American public about the 1962 Cuban Missile …show more content…

The tendency of the United States to resist compromises with other states in recent years can be directly traced back to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the notion by the Kennedy administration that the United States had not given the Soviet Union anything in exchange for the removal of the nuclear missiles in Cuba (Gelb). This essay will answer the research question by examining the release of information from members of the Kennedy administration, covert operations during the period, and diplomatic efforts between the Soviet Union and the United

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