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  • The fear of nuclear attack was a direct result of the cold war. Once both super powers had the nuclear bomb it became a race to build more and even deadlier weapons. 
  • After the Soviet union exploded their first nuclear bomb, the U.S. created the H bomb 
  • The H bomb, or hydrogen bomb is 67 times the power of the nuclear bomb we first dropped on Japan. 
  • People argued the morality of it but that did not stop the U.S. and USSR from making it. 
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower was president by the time both countries had the H bomb. Under Eisenhower the willingness of the U.S. to go to all-out war, which becames known as brinkmanship. 
  • John Foster Dulles, secretary of state, thought of the cold war as a moral crusade against communism. Dulles thought the U.S. could stop communism by putting forth all possible force, even nuclear. 
  • Threat of nuclear attack was unlike anything anyone had seen before. the U.S. cut back navy and army and built up their air force to deliver the bombs. 
  • Fear of nuclear war became a constant in american lives for the next 30 years. Children practiced air raid procedures and some families built underground fallout shelters in their back yard. 
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