Every Home a Fortress: Cold War Fatherhood and the Family Fallout Shelter

Bishop, Thomas (2020) Every Home a Fortress: Cold War Fatherhood and the Family Fallout Shelter. Culture in Politics in the Cold War and Beyond . University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst and Boston. ISBN 978-1-62534-483-0

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In Every Home a Fortress: Fatherhood and the Family Fallout Shelter, Thomas Bishop details the remarkable cultural history and personal stories behind an iconic figure of Cold War masculinity—the fallout shelter father, who with spade in hand and the canned goods he has amassed, sought to save his family from atomic warfare. Putting policy documents and presidential addresses into conversation with previously unmined personal letters, diaries, local media coverage, and anti-nuclear ephemera, Bishop demonstrates that the nuclear crisis years of 1957 to 1963 were not just pivotal for the history of international relations, but were also a transitional moment in the social histories of the white middle class and American fatherhood. During this era, public concerns surrounding civil defense shaped private family conversations, and the fallout shelter emerged as a site in which ideas of nationhood, national security, and masculinity collided with the complex reality of trying to raise and protect a family in the nuclear age.

Keywords:Cold War, Nuclear Survival, Masculinity, United States, Fatherhood
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T700 American studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V230 American History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:37260
Deposited On:27 Sep 2019 10:03

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