Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Cold War: Cuba, Fidel Castro, and The Bay of Pigs Invasion

Bay of Pigs Invasion

Professor and authorTimothy Naftali talks about the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.


Professor and author Timothy Naftali talks about the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Explain the meaning and purpose of President Kennedy’s speech.
  • Who was Fidel Castro?
  • What was the United States Government’s reaction to Fidel Castro’s 1958 tour of America? Explain the government’s concerns. What actions did they take?
  • Explain the connection between Fidel Castro’s regime and the Soviets.
  • Describe the relationship between the United States and Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union during the 1950s. What was Nikita Khrushchev’s motive for sending missiles to Cuba?
  • Why was the Bay of Pigs event important?
  • Explain the outcome of the Bay of Pigs invasion.



  • Allies
  • Communism
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Ernesto Che Guevara
  • Fidel Castro
  • Fulgenico Batista
  • Insurgency
  • Iron Curtain
  • Nikita Khrushchev
  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Revolution
  • Soviets
  • Subvert
  • Vice President Richard Nixon
  • Weapons Of Mass Destruction (wmds)


World History


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