On This Day: The US Invasion of Grenada

The 1983 invasion of Grenada was one of the first major military actions after the Vietnam War. The invasion took place during the tensions of the Cold War, making the stakes higher than what might be expected. Using President Ronald Reagan's address and press conference following the action, learners evaluate the decision. Additional clips offer historical perspective from players, as well as a Congressional speech that connects Grenada to presidential military powers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use clips to demonstrate the use of the War Powers Act
  • Offer the resource to stimulate debate on the effects of the Cold War on American military engagements around the globe
Classroom Considerations

  • To view the resource, create a free C-SPAN Classroom account or the use of the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Videos help individuals explore the significance of Grenada in the context of larger issues
  • Contemporary videos allow class members to view history as it was happening
Cons

  • Not all clips are related to the topic, and perhaps are the incorrect links