Evaluation And Interpretation Of Sources

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I. Evaluation and Interpretation of Sources
In October 1962, the United States discovered nuclear missiles in Cuba, resulting in a two-week political crisis. This investigation will be assessing the following: what was Attorney General Robert Kennedy’s impact on the decisions and outcomes of the Cuban Missile Crisis?
Nearly all of the meetings of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council were recorded, as well as many private conversations between President Kennedy and his staff. The tapes used in this investigation were tapes 36.1 and 36.2, which recorded a discussion between President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy after an Executive Committee meeting on October 23, 1962. These tapes provide a direct look inside the White House and portray the real dilemmas during the crisis. These two tapes specifically provide a glimpse into the relationship between John F. Kennedy and his brother. Because the two brothers speak alone for nearly all of the conversation, it is possible to analyze how Robert Kennedy impacted President Kennedy, who was the ultimate decision maker as Commander-in-Chief. While the tapes did provide valuable insight into the White House, they also had several limitations. The most apparent of these is the audio quality. These tapes were not made for the purpose of public release, so the quality of the recording is severely poor, and nearly impossible to understand without a transcript. The transcripts are also
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