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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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