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The Rise and Fall of the Fallout Shelter

The advent of Soviet nuclear weapons in the late 1940s would launch the surreal Cold War between the USSR and the United States. In the early 1950s, the Federal Civil Defense Administration was tasked with leading the effort to inform and protect citizens at home from nuclear strikes, which lead to hopelessly comical instructional videos and a nation-wide network of fallout shelters. Vox looks at the fallout shelter boom, whether they would have been effective, and why living under the shadow of total annihilation has faded away.

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