Iran Hostage Crisis

Oreal James Edwards & Toniesha De'shae Teamer


This flyer will spread the word about the Iran Hostage Crisis.

What is the Iran Hostage Crisis?

The Iran Hostage Crisis began when people were being held hostage by people who were trying to make a statement. On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 American hostages. This was caused by President Jimmy Carter's decision to allow Iran's deposed Shah come to the U.S for cancer treatment. The hostage-taking was about more than the Shah’s medical care: it was a dramatic way for the student revolutionaries to declare a break with Iran’s past and an end to American interference in its affairs. It was also a way to raise the intra- and international profile of the revolution’s leader, the anti-American cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. On January 21, 1981 the students set their hostages free hours after President Ronald Reagan delivered his inaugural address. Many historians believe that hostage crisis cost Jimmy Carter a second term as president. To think back for awhile just to be in the peoples shoes not having any family to talk to. Not even having a way out of that place, its just a hard thing to fathom.