One Nation Underground [electronic resource] : The Fallout Shelter in American Culture / Kenneth D. Rose.
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- New York : New York University Press, c2001.
- American history and culture (New York University Press)
American history and culture
1 online resource (323 p.)
- Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War -- Social aspects -- United States.
Nuclear warfare -- Social aspects -- United States.
Fallout shelters -- Social aspects -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-.
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- For the half-century duration of the Cold War, the fallout shelter was a curiously American preoccupation. Triggered in 1961 by a hawkish speech by John F. Kennedy, the fallout shelter controversy-""to dig or not to dig,"" as Business Week put it at the time-forced many Americans to grapple with deeply disturbing dilemmas that went to the very heart of their self-image about what it meant to be an American, an upstanding citizen, and a moral human being. Given the much-touted nuclear threat throughout the 1960's and the fact that 4 out of 5 Americans expressed a preference for nuclear war over
- Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 A New Age Dawning; 2 The Nuclear Apocalyptic; 3 Morality and National Identity at the Shelter Door; 4 Taking Government, Business, and Schools Underground; 5 The Theory and Practice of Armageddon; 6 The Shelters That Were Not Built, the Nuclear War That Did Not Start; Postscript; Notes; Index; About the Author
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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