The Eisenhower Administration And Sputnik

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The Eisenhower Administration and Sputnik After the ravages of World War II, the United States experienced a long period of economic boom, thanks to industrial weapons work and to the low price of oil. At the same time, under this nationwide economic prosperity, Americans felt increasing fear in the looming shadow of the communist Soviet Union. The US seemed to be in a spiral. Sputnik’s successful launch increased tensions that had been building since the aftermath of World War II; while President Eisenhower and his administration instituted numerous measures to calm down the hysteria that pervaded the US, these attempts had no real effect on de-escalating tensions felt between both sides. After World War II, especially in the aftermath of the deployment of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, people were irrationally fearful of the deadly and destructive forces of nuclear warfare. In a section of the book Technology entitled “The Race for Space”, the author examines the psychological effects of fear of nuclear weapons. During the era, the federal government produced a number of educational films advising Americans about how to survive an atomic blast. School children, for example, were told to "duck and cover"--to get under their desks to avoid being struck with debris from the initial blast. Schools ran fallout drills, similar to fire drills, showing children how to find safety in the event of an atomic attack...
Many people did the same in their own basements…
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