The International Conflictss Between The Us And The Ussr
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Research Question: How did the international conflictss between the US and the USSR justify Jimmy Carter’s decision to boycott the 1980 Olympics?
Section A: Identification and Evaluation of Sources The first source that has been selected for evaluation is President Jimmy Carter’s speech on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The speech was delivered at 9 pm on January 4, 1980 from the Oval Office at the White House. The speech was broadcast on live national television and is a primary source. The reason this speech is so prevalent to this paper is not only because of the content, but because of the reactions that resulted from it that changed the nation. Within the speech, the President outlines the invasion of Afghanistan, as well as the repercussions and potential threat the invasion could mean for the United States. The President also announces during the speech the withdrawal of the US from the Olympics, which causes changes in nationwide opinions about sports and politics becoming intertwined. The value of this source is that it is primary, and is the direct words of the President on the matter. The speech also provides important insight into the thoughts and actions of the President, as well as his mind set at the time in facing the difficult situation. Besides just the knowledge of the President’s ideas, President Jimmy Carter’s speech is the first source of direct information that the nation receives about the causes, nature and measures being taken towards the