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Mobilizing citizens for defense against "Soviet attack" was an important local activity in the 1950s. The threat of nuclear war was the main context but Cold War American fears of attack were also influenced by the large-scale bombings during the Second World War. Civil defense planning included developing plans for evacuation and the constructing of underground air raid shelters. As this letter to the Greenfield, Massachusetts, Recorder-Gazette shows, these programs also involved mass training of civilians in first aid techniques. The letter is also evidence of the growing influence of professionals during the 1950s.


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"Views of Readers: CD Seeks Volunteers" editorial in Greenfield Recorder-Gazette newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Recorder-Gazette
date   Mar 9, 1954
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   10.0"
width   1.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L07.020

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WWII Air Raid Warning Instructions

WWII CD Warden's Report Form

WWII Air Raid Warning Instructions Card

"800 Troops See Dummy 'A-Bomb' At Fort Devens" article in Greenfield Recorder-Gazette newspaper

"Britain Gets Jitters Over Hydrogren Bomb" article in Greenfield Recorder-Gazette newspaper

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