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Classroom Deception: School Civil Defense in Atomic America

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dc.contributor.advisor Friedman, Andrew Sills-Takyi, Adrian 2011-05-12T12:58:26Z 2011-05-12T12:58:26Z 2011
dc.description.abstract On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first ever atomic bomb on another country and with it forever changed not only the face of war, but also the very nature of society. As civil defense programs pushed into American culture during the 1950s, many Americans, especially young ones, pushed back against its tactics and message. In this thesis, I will show how school civil defense programs throughout the 1950s and early 1960s deceived young people by presenting them with a false reality of the dangers of nuclear war. This deception was recognized by both teachers and students, and severed a divide between the educational community and the United States Government. Ultimately, this mistrust caused many young people to lose faith in their government, and played a significant role in creating the rebellious, anti-government youth culture that has come to characterize the 1960s and 1970s. en
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Dept. of History
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject.lcsh United States -- Politics and government -- Public opinion -- 20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Civil defense drills -- United States -- History -- 20th century
dc.title Classroom Deception: School Civil Defense in Atomic America en
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en
dc.rights.access Open Access

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