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Homeward Bound Analysis

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Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era “Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era” was written by Elaine T. May and was originally published in 1988. New York: Basic Books, was the publisher of this book. Once World War II was over, Americans started getting married in larger numbers and had a stronger bond with their significant other. This means that more lasting marriage were happening than previous generations. A family who wanted to stay together and keep there home secure was how most americans could maintain their way of life against a threat. If they did not, life would only get harder for the men and women. The Cold War/anti-communism/domestic bliss of the 1950s may have been ideal for men and children, but was detrimental to women, their sexuality, and their personal fulfillment. May begins with a little story about a married couple that were going to spend their honeymoon living inside a bomb shelter in their backyard. The Eisenhower administration spreaded information to teach Americans about how they could protect themselves. A fallout shelter is a defensive measure intended to prevent casualties in a nuclear war. It is designed to allow those inside it to avoid exposure to harmful fallout from a nuclear blast. Most families would try to stock up on food and water incase a nuclear bomb would come. It would take a while for it to be safe and because of this, people needed the supplies to stay alive and healthy. Most shelters were in
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