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HIST150 Living in the Nuclear Age

by: Sarah Foster

HIST150 Living in the Nuclear Age History 150

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These notes cover The Nuclear Age in the 50s.
The West in the World
Dr. Malone
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Hiroshima, ArmsRace, nuclear family, duck, and, cover
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Date Created: 04/27/16
HIST 150 Living in the Nuclear Age Impact of the Bomb • August 6, 1945—the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima; the dawning of a new age in human history—THE NUCLEAR AGE • Results o 70,000 were damaged or destroyed o 80,000 killed o Later deaths of radiation poisoning or of their burns Arms Race Development • Soviet Union vs. United States • 1949—Soviet Union launched their first atomic bomb Joe 1 • 1952—U.S. first hydrogen bomb 1,000 times more powerful • 1953—Soviet Union follows up • New weapon and new del ivery system • Stocked pilled weapons United States • In the potential threat of Soviet Union • Write letters to the president • January 1951—President Harry Truman created a new government agency —the Federal Civil Defense Administration o What advice did they give to the American public? o 1951—Duck and Cover starring Bert the Turtle Advice for the “nuclear family” • Make plan for evacuation • Get in car and drive away • Highway Act of 1956 —31B over 13 years on the construction of the highway system in America o Built 41,000 miles of interstate • Build family bomb shelter***** Extracts from a late 1950s government pamphlet • Preparing shelter • Radioactive material can travel thousands of miles • Build shelter in basement • What you should have: o Water 7 g. per person o 2 week’s supply of food o water purification The manufacture and sale of bomb shelters/products for shelters • Kelsey-Hayes Company of Detroit makes a kit of 73 prefabricated steel section that can be delivered to your home for $700 • Turn out 5,000 copies per month o Survival kit for 2 people for $79.50 • MPF—multi purpose food • Illinois civil defense director in 1961 Cynicism • “In case of nuclear attack, this card can be used as a fall out shelter”


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