SS310 Douglas Kaye Unit 2 assignment

With two countries with enough warheads to annihilate

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with, two countries with enough warheads to annihilate each other and the entire world (, 2012). In schools, students were drilled should an invasion happen or a nuclear bomb is dropped in close proximity, to get underneath their desks. On television, commercials aired with Bert the Turtle, teaching children to “duck and cover” when they see the flash of light, in the event of a nuclear explosion. Even the Presidential candidates of the time, Nixon and Kennedy, “urged Americans to look past immediate self-interests and toward a world made safe by American munificence,” (Farber, 1994). As far as the American public was concerned, the threat of world- wide nuclear destruction was real (, 2012). American families were scared but willing to fight anyone that threatened the American Dream, including the Russians. American families had plans in case of attack. They purchased supplies such as canned goods, oil lamps and Geiger counters, to check for radiation after the explosions. Some people even built bomb shelters in their backyards and turned their basements into supply
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Cold War Era sheds, not knowing if an attack would occur or how long they would have to hide before they could resurface. The amount of propaganda that flowed through the streets was endless. As the
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  • Spring '12
  • Cold War, Nuclear weapon, cold war era

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