Primary Document Analysis
Cuban Missile Crisis
Analyze the photo below.
Answer the following:1. Take a few minutes to look closely at the photo. What is the person in the photo doing?3. What factual information is contained in the photo?4. What can you infer from the photo?5. What more do you need to know about the photo?
“We will bury you.”
Analyze the political cartoon below.
Answer the following:1. Whataction is taking place in the cartoon?2. Explainhow the words in the cartoon clarify the symbols.3. Explainthe message of the cartoon.4. Whowould agree or disagree with the cartoon’s message? Why?
“OK, Mr. President, let’s talk.”
1. What do you think the photograph and the cartoon say about the concept of “liberty” during this time?2. The photograph is awidely distributed fake.Thereare no pictures of Khrushchev with his shoe. Does this change your previous reasoning?Why or why not?
Questions To Consider:
Read the following quotes and answer these three questions:
1. What factual information is contained in the quote?2. What can you infer from the quote?3. What is the tone of the speaker? What does this tone say about the issues surrounding the Cold War?
“If you don’t like us, don’t accept our invitations and don’t invite us to come to see you. Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.”Nikita Khrushchev, November18, 1956
“America has been in existence for 150 years and this is the level she has reached. We have existed not quite 42 years and in another seven years we will be on the same level as America. When we catch you up, in passing you by, we will wave to you.”NikitaKhrushchev,July 24, 1959