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"Facts About Fallout"

This 1955 government pamphlet, issued by the Federal Civil Defense Administration, warns Americans about the dangers of radioactive fallout in the event of a nuclear explosion, and suggests measures citizens can take to protect themselves. With its upbeat tone and cartoon illustrations, the pamphlet seems to downplay the danger presented by a nuclear event. During the 1950s thousands Americans constructed backyard bomb shelters. The protection they offered was dubious at best against the aftermath of a nuclear attack.

Source | "Facts About Fallout, 1955," National Archives, Teaching With Documents: Photographs and Pamphlet About Nuclear Fallout,
Creator | U.S. Government
Item Type | Pamphlet/Petition
Cite This document | U.S. Government, “"Facts About Fallout",” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed April 16, 2024,

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