Iranian Hostage Crisis

Ch'ante' Francis and Kaylyn Neal

On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students went to the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 American hostages. The immediate cause of this action was President Jimmy Carter’s decision to allow Iran’s Shah to come to the United States for cancer treatment. The hostage taking was about more than the Shah’s medical care, it was a exaggerating way for the students to declare a break with Iran’s past and an end american interference.

The students set the hostages free on January 21, 1981. That is exactly 444 days after they had been taken and hours after President Ronald Reagan delivered his inaugural address. Many people said Jimmy Carter was the worst president of the United States and that this caused him to fail his second term.

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