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The Iran Hostage Crisis

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 Iran Hostage Crisis

Iran radicals move one of the hostages during the 444-day Iran hostage crisis. The standoff ended on January 20, 1981, the day of Ronald Reagan's inauguration. MPI/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES

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World History In Context

From the ancient world to today’s headlines. A chronicle of the great cultures and societies that have formed the history of the human race. Rare primary sources, reliable reference and multimedia content put this vast topic into context.

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Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

Provides indexing of over three million articles from more than 550 leading magazines including full coverage of the original print volumes of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. This resource offers researchers access to information about history, culture and seminal developments across nearly a century.

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Explora for Teens

Look up articles, facts and primary sources for research papers, class projects or homework. Get information from trustworthy sources that you can cite in your papers. Designed with students and educators in mind. 

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