Timeline of the Iran-Contra Affair

The events leading to the Reagan administration’s illegal deals to sell weapons to Iran in order to fund the Contras in Nicaragua unfolded over several years. The Contras were a paramilitary group fighting against the fairly elected leftist Sandinista government. The U.S had imposed an embargo against Iran after Islamic fundamentalists had taken American hostages in Tehran in 1979. The ensuing scandal engulfed the Reagan administration.


Source | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, 2010.
Creator | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
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Item Type | Timeline
Cite This document | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, “Timeline of the Iran-Contra Affair,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed October 1, 2014, http://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1583.