The United States and Iran: To What Extent Did the United States Influence the Iranian Revolution?

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The United States and Iran: To what extent did the United States influence the Iranian Revolution? Table of Contents Table of Contents………………………………………………………………………………2 A. Plan of the Investigation…………………………………………………………………..3 B. Summary of Evidence…………………………………………………………………..3-5 C. Evaluation of Sources…………………………………………………………………...5-6 D. Analysis…………………………………………………………………………………6-7 E. Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………. F. Bibliography……………………………………………………………………………….. A. Plan of the Investigation The focus of this investigation is on the United States’ influence on the National Revolution of Iran of 1978-1979. Topics investigated include the sociocultural and political differences between the two countries which…show more content…
The shah declared martial law on September 8, 1978, and his forces killed dozens of protestors on the streets of Iran’s capital, Tehran (Stock). A general strike was declared in October, and by December, there were demonstrations in Tehran as many as 9 million people strong (Stock). The shah left Iran for medical treatment in the United States on January 16, 1979, before dying in Egypt the next year (Stock). Ayatollah Khomeini returned from France on February 1, 1979, and was met with a massive crowd of supporters (Stock). A group of Iranian students stormed the United States embassy in Tehran, taking 52 American hostages, in November, 1979 (Stock). Khomeini became the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, soon after the provisional government collapsed, in December, 1979 (Stock). The United States government officially ended diplomatic relations with Iran in 1980 (Stock). On January 20, 1981, 444 days after they were first taken, all 52 American hostages were released from Iran (Stock). In 1995, a trade embargo was instated between the United States and Iran (Stock). C. Evaluation of Sources The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran by Charles Kurzman explores the unpredictable and rapid nature of the Iranian Revolution, and was written to inform the public of the specific events that led to the ultimate revolution in

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