Jennifer Benitez & Neyda Reyes
The Iranian Hostage
Carter refused to let the shah go back to Iran ever after he knew how much it angered them. On November 4, 1979 the Muslim fundamentalist and leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, decided they would take matters into their own hands and take control of the American embassy which was located in Tehran. They took 52 American hostages and wouldn't release them until president Carter send the Shah back to Iran, but Carter still refused. The Americans were hostage for 444 days and they were not released until a day after the next president, Ronald Reagan, was inaugurated. The Muslim fundamentalist were trying to prove that Carter did not control or have a say in what they did.
The Shah- A nations ruler or head of state, usually by hereditary right
American Embassy- a group of people who work under an ambassador and represent their country in a foreign country.
Ronald Reagan- President after Jimmy Carter