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The Real Thirteen Days

The Real Thirteen Days, part of the National Security Archive Web site, uses primary documents to chronicle the events of the Cuban missile crisis.
The site's wide margins and well-placed graphics break up the text. Users need RealPlayer to listen to the audio clips.
Visitors can access links to all the sections of the site from the main page and from the left-side menu on subsequent pages.
Students can view the reconnaissance photos, listen to recordings of the actual White House security briefings, and read the full text of the declassified documents at the Real Thirteen Days site. Included are historical essays and a chronology that begins with 1959 and describes the evolution of relations between the United States and the Soviet Union through the crisis in 1962. This is an excellent resource for students reporting on the Cuban missile crisis, teachers who want to supplement a history lesson, or anyone with an interest in this historical event.