Shelters During The Cold War

Topics: World War II, Cold War, United States, Nuclear weapon, Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Soviet Union / Pages: 2 (319 words) / Published: Jan 6th, 2017
“In the event of an attack, the lives of those families which are not hit in a nuclear blast and fire can still be saved if they can be warned to take shelter and if that shelter is available” (John F. Kennedy). In the midst of the Cold War, the 1950s and 1960s were often a time of great fear, a fear of a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union upon the USA. JFK notes that families can be saved if the seek refuge in a shelter in the event of a nuclear attack, and in fact, that is what most families began to do.
During the 50s and 60s many middle class families built bomb shelters in order to protect themselves and their family in the event of an attack. The effect these shelters had upon America at the time was that once JFK urged citizens to build the shelters, many magazines such as Life, and other media platforms at the time. This widespread talk of the bomb shelters often increased not only the fear of the Soviet Union and of an all-out nuclear war but it brought some insight on what the American people could do if a disastrous war came about.
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As the war began to die down and eventually end, people began to stop using the shelters, and as most things that are not used, people stopped making the shelters all together. The shelters did not leave a large legacy although their a few individuals that continue to build bomb shelters and in fact they are still available for installation at a residence. Even though bomb shelters didn’t leave a legacy, they were a major part in the Cold War by providing families security and shelter in the chance of

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