Essay The Importance of Fallout Shelters

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A fallout shelter is a shelter that was used in a time of need. From 1947 to 1991, fallout shelters were a big hit during the Cold war. The fallout shelter represents the atomic age and how families got through nuclear attacks. A lot was contributed in the making of these shelters, and they kept families together. Time and effort to keep America safe is what made these shelters important to American History. Not only are the fallout shelters a symbol of the cold war and fear, but it also significantly impacted America because they protected Americans from radioactive debris, gave America shelter in a time of war, and it reduced casualties.
The Shelters protected America from radioactive debris. The free-standing, double hulled structure
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Along with packing enough material for the time being, a shelter plan is a must (Bomb Shelter Guide). Before the shelters, the issue of the Cold War and nuclear attack were introduced and it induced panic (“Kennedy Urges Americans to Build Bomb Shelters”). As the nuclear attack was seen as a threat to Americans, Cuba had already received nuclear missiles. Cuba’s nuclear missile attack was known as the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which the USSR placed nuclear missiles in Cuba. This event resulted in the 13 days crisis. The 13 days crisis was tense, and during this time period, Americans began to stock up on canned foods. Canned food was the only food Americans shopped for because none of the shelters had refrigeration, and there were no stoves or microwaves (“The Family Fallout Shelter”-Nebraska). Games like Monopoly, or cards were often played in the shelters to pass time by. Girls often had diaries to write in about how living in the shelter was like.
We've suffered a war, and one thing we know: Whenever our nation's faced war, whether it was in the 1980s when we were winning the Cold War or in the 1940s during World War II, the responsible thing to do has been to borrow money to win the war (Mehlman). On top of Americans having shelter, fear and casualties were reduced (“Fallout Shelters).Washington was the main focal point of the nuclear threat, and because of that, these shelters were offered for their protection and safety. To promote fallout shelters in
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