Atomics in the Classroom

Teaching the Bomb in the Early Postwar Era

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About the Book

After the August 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Japan’s unconditional surrender, America’s educational community quickly focused on preparing the younger generation for the atomic age. With the support of the federal government, elementary and secondary schools developed a curriculum known as “atomics,” emphasizing the bomb’s destructive power, peaceful applications of the atom and, most important, the need to control nuclear research. By the 1950s, with the Soviet Union’s acquiring of the bomb, “atomics” expanded to include civil defense topics and activities, such as “duck and cover” drills.
This book examines the broad curriculum—in social studies, science, mathematics, English, home economics and art—that emphasized atomics in American classrooms of the early postwar era. Lesson plans, class projects and activities, resource materials and extracurricular experiences are included.

About the Author(s)

Editor and writer Michael Scheibach received his doctorate in American studies and taught history, humanities, and writing as an adjunct professor for several years. He lives in Miami, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Michael Scheibach
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 17 photos & illustrations, glossary, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6356-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2298-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 7

1. One World or None 15

Teaching International Understanding 35

2. Teaching for the Atomic Age 45

A Unit Outline for Teachers 67

3. Fear, Anxiety and Civil Defense 74

Civil Defense in the Classroom 92

4. Safeguarding Democracy 115

Educating for Survival 130

5. The New Frontier 143

Conclusion 151

Appendix A: Suggested Learning Experiences 159

Appendix B: Rural Civil Defense Youth Program 176

Appendix C: Glossary of Atomic Terms 183

Chapter Notes 193

Bibliography 203

Index 211