Atomic Anxiety

With the dawn of nuclear war after the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet acquisition of an atomic bomb in the late 1940s, civil defense–programs of safety education–became prominent in American schools.

“Duck and Cover” (starring Bert the Turtle) is one of the most well-known civil defense films aimed at school-aged children.

Direct link (via Internet Archive)

Questions to consider:

  1. What emotions does this film appeal to?
  2. What role, according to this film, might children have in this new Cold War world?