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Nancy Garner (Committee Member), Drew Swanson (Committee Member), Jonathan Winkler (Committee Chair)

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Master of Arts (MA)


This research project will explore an overview of the different subsections of American post-war society that contributed to the American "atomic reality" in hopes of revealing how and why the American understanding of atomic weapons did not slowly evolve over the course of a generation, but instead materialize rapidly in the years following the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By analyzing government sources and programs, print media sources such as newspapers and magazines, and the American entertainment culture of the 1940s and 1950s, this research project will answer exactly why and how the American public arrived at its understanding of the atom bomb.

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Department of History

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History Commons