Iranian Hostage Crisis

By ; Roniesha Perkins , Andre Thomas , Jose Roldan

Summary :

On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 American hostages. The cause of this was President Jimmy Carter’s decision to allow Iran’s deposed Shah, was to come to the United States for cancer treatment. The students let hostages free on January 21, 1981, 444 days after the crisis began and just hours after President Ronald Reagan delivered his inaugural address. Many people believed that hostage crisis cost Jimmy Carter a second term as president.


Summary :

Eight U.S. presidents provided the shah with military and economic aid in exchange for a oil supply. Those went against the Shah, because he did not grant them freedoss and reforms he promised in the early 1960s . On November 1, 1979 Iran's new leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged his people to retalliate against United States and Israeli interests. On November 4 the U.S. embassy was seized by a mob of around 500 Iranian students calling themselves the Imam's Disciples. Part of a crowd of thousands gathered around the embassy in protest. Out of 90 occupants, 66 were originally taken captive. Three were taken from the Iranian Foreign Ministry. The hostages were often shown blindfolded to local crowds and television cameras.

Negotiation -

is a dialogue between two or more people or parties, intended to reach an understanding, resolve point of difference, or gain advantage in outcome of dialogue,

Diplomacy -

is the art and practice of conducting negotiations between representatives of states.


is a person or entity which is held by one of two belligerent parties to the other or seized as security for the carrying out of an agreement, or as a preventive measure against certain acts of war.

Fundamentalist -

is the demand for a strict adherence to orthodox theological doctrines usually understood as a reaction against Modernist theology, primarily to promote continuity and accuracy