Fifty years ago the United States and the Soviet Union came uncomfortably close to launching a nuclear war, but how is this event remembered today? Our friends at the Armageddon Letters produced this short video and others to engage all of us in an exploration of this important topic, a topic that remains especially relevant in a world with 20,000 nuclear weapons.
The phrase “The Armageddon Letters” refers to the unprecedented exchange of letters and other communications among Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro, before, during and after the crisis. The Armageddon Letters website is a rich transmedia resource of information, graphic novels, podcasts, and short films on the Cuban Missile Crisis—all based on decades of research on perhaps the most dangerous moment in human history.
The Choices Program just released a free Teaching with the News Lesson that examines a fascinating (and scary!) letter from Castro to Khrushchev. The activity utilizes three short films that illuminate the thinking of Castro, Kennedy, and Khrushchev during the crisis.