Civil Defense Begins at Home: Militarization Meets Everyday Life in the Fifties

TitleCivil Defense Begins at Home: Militarization Meets Everyday Life in the Fifties
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsMcEnaney, Laura
Number of Pages213
PublisherPrinceton University Press
CityPrinceton, NJ
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This was civil defense. In this provocative work of social and political history, Laura McEnaney takes us into the secretive world of defense planners and the homes of ordinary citizens to explore how postwar civil defense turned the front lawn into the front line.As McEnaney demonstrates, the creation of a civil defense program produced new dilemmas about the degree to which civilian society should be militarized to defend itself against internal and external threats. Drawing on a wide variety of archival sources, McEnaney uncovers the broad range of responses to this militarization of daily life and reveals how government planners and ordinary people negotiated their way at the dawn of the atomic age. 

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UA927 .M33 2000