Nuclear Blast from the Past: A look at how Fear of Nuclear Annihilation led to the building of Fallout Shelters

Austin Cronin Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Vivian Deno Butler University
The development of nuclear weapons by the U.S. in World War II brought the world into the Nuclear Age. This quickly turned worrisome as the Cold War began as the Soviet Union followed suit and started their nuclear program. Both the U.S. and Soviet Union began an arms race and started stockpiling their nuclear arsenal. During this time, the U.S. Civil Defense Administration distributed information on how to survive a nuclear attack. Some of the pamphlets distributed discussed how safe one would be if they used a fallout shelter. The rationale for researching this topic is to look at the causality of why people in the U.S. during the Cold War real. My reserch examines if there was a creditable threat that a nuclear attack could occur at any given moment or was it that the fear of possibility in an attack, that drove some to build these fallout shelters. This requires me to look at primary sources from the Cold War in the U.S. such as, magazines newspapers pamphlets, films and records of buildings and houses with fallout shelters. My work uses secondary sources dealing with nuclear weapons and fallout shelter to provide context to what events occurred during the cold war. My paper looks at the correlation between large scale nuclear events and the way they were perceived and responded to. Nuclear Blast from the Past provide a more in-depth look at the cold war and the history of how people respond to fear.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:15 AM
Jordan Hall 278