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Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!
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Duck 'n Cover: How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom!

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Presentation for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, 2009.

Presentation for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, 2009.

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  • Images of nuclear explosions, atomic test sites, and apocalypse abound in movies, novels, comics, and other mediums of American popular culture, but how did U.S. Government Documents help shape these symbols of doomed fate? Let’s examine the various government documents published by the Federal Civil Defense Administration (FCDA) in the 1950s and the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization (OCDM) during the 1960s that were popularized through the media. Extensive bibliographies and digital repositories of these resources will be shared via the website listed in the handout, including such government resources as Internet Archive's collection of Civil Defense films and documents and "atomic attack survival guides" published by the Government Printing Office that are available at your local Federal Depository Library.
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    • 1. Duck n’ Cover How U.S. Government Documents Helped Shape a Cold War Culture of Doom! Rebecca Blakeley, MLIS
    • 2. “ The power of the atomic bomb is beyond belief…”
    • 3. Related/Concurrent Fear
    • 4. Iconic Symbols
    • 5. Civilian Defense
    • 6. Civil Defense Plans & Transformations
    • 7. State & Local Civil Defense
    • 8. The Enemy’s Weapons!
    • 9. Don’t Let This Happen!
    • 10. Have a Plan!
    • 11. Government Documents for the Masses
    • 12. Handbooks
    • 13. Build Your Shelter!
    • 14. Civil Defense Training
    • 15.  
    • 16. “ Duck and Cover” Civil Defense Admin. Film, 1951
    • 17.  
    • 18. Hey Kids! Meet Mr. Civil Defense!
    • 19.  
    • 20.  
    • 21. The Fallout Scare
    • 22. Here Comes the Decontamination Squad!
    • 23. Will I Turn into Radioactive Man?
    • 24.  
    • 25. Test Sites: Operation Cue
    • 26.  
    • 27. Test Sites: Operation Doorstep
    • 28.  

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