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The "duck and cover" drill many baby boomers will remember from their early school days.

The Life Atomic: Growing Up in the Shadow of the A-Bomb

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Today American citizens find themselves threatened with the possibility of harm at the hands of foreign terrorists. But 50 years ago, during the height of the Cold War, Americans lived under another kind of threat - global thermo-nuclear war. Anxious citizens built fallout shelters in their homes. "Duck and cover" drills trained school children to react to an atomic attack by crawling under their desks and covering their heads with their arms.


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