IRANIAN HOSTAGE CRISIS

By Karla & Emily :)

Iranian Hostage Crisis Summary

On November 4, 1979 an angry crowd of young Islamic revolutionaries invaded the US Embassy in Tehran, and they took more than 60 Americans. The Islamic people kept the Americans for 444 days in hostage. The hostage crisis was the most dramatic in a series of problems facing Americans at home in the last year jimmy carter presidency. Until 1953, the US stayed apart, defending for an independent Iran under the leadership of the young king Reza Shah Pahlavi.


The constant media coverage of the hostage crisis in the U.S served as a crush backdrop for the 1980 presidential race. Carter's inability to solve the problem made him look like a weak leader. The republican Ronald Reagan took advantage of his weakness and won the election. Rumors circulated that Reagan's campaign staff negotiated with the Iranians to make sure that the hostages would not be released before the election. On January 21, 1981, few hours later Ronald Reagan delivered his inaugural address, the remaining hostages were released.

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Iran Hostage Crisis