disq w4 hist - D iscussion Questions 1 Iran Hostage Crisis...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Discussion Questions 1. Iran Hostage Crisis Go to http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/documents/rode/ and read the first hand experiences of Robert Ode, one of the fifty-two American hostages that were held by Iranian students in 1979-1981. Find Robert Ode’s Diary and click on the dates available. Select several diary entries to read, paying special attention to the beginning and end dates of the captivity. What was this experience like for the hostages from Ode’s point of view? Why were they taken hostage? How did this event affect America politically and economically? Feel free to research and include other hostages’ experiences as well. - The Iran hostage crisis destroyed the presidency of Jimmy Carter, but its roots went all the way back to the Eisenhower administration. In 1953, the CIA overthrew the government of Iran and put Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in power (Davidson, Delay, Heyrman, Lytle & Stoff, 2008, p. 843). The Shah's government turned out to be one of the many tyrannical governments the U.S. supported because of their opposition to Communism. Shiite fundamentalists in Iran rebelled in 1978, overthrowing the Shah, who subsequently went to America for medical care (Davidson et al., 2008, p. 937). Students in Iran were angered that the Shah had found a haven in America and in November 1979 they stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The students took 53 hostages which they held for 444 days (Davidson et al., 2008, p. 937). One of those hostages was Robert Ode who would keep a diary of his time in captivity. Ode described being moved around from place to place, being blindfolded just to go to the bathroom, and sitting for hours in a chair with his hands tied. He continually protested the violation of his diplomatic immunity and demanded the return of personal items, particularly two rings. Later he was placed in a room with a few other hostages who would be his companions for the remainder of his time in Iran.
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern