Iran Hostage Crisis: From Its Origins To Its Aftermath

By Linda Speckhals
Iranian students climb the gates at the U.S. Embassy. Source: (Wikipedia).
In an action which Jimmy Carter called an act of “blackmail,” on November 4, 1979, a group of militarized Iranian college students who belonged to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line took 52 U.S. diplomats and citizens hostage. The hostages, who Carter called “victims of terrorism and anarchy” were held for 444 days. Later, after the hostages were released, many argued that the hostage-takers were not students, but rather, older individuals.