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Atomics in the Classroom : Teaching the Bomb in the Early Postwar Era (Paperback) (Michael Scheibach)

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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.
Number of Pages: 214
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Military / General, United States / General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Author: Michael Scheibach
Language: English
Street Date: October 27, 2015
TCIN: 50244336
UPC: 9781476663562
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-7505
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