What impact did the conflict have on people's lives?

Did the American people feel safe?

During the 1950s and 1960s, fear of “the bomb” was a common feature of life in the United States. Some people protested against the arms race; others demonstrated against the vast amounts being spent on weapons. However, the most common feelings were helplessness and fear. The American public wondered whether a nuclear attack could happen at any time. Some even built nuclear fallout shelters.

Supplies for the fallout shelter

Click here to watch one of the educational movies (called “Duck and Cover”) that showed people what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.