Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Duck and Cover

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Duck and Cover was a civil defense film produced in 1951 by the United States federal government's Civil Defense branch shortly after the Soviet Union began nuclear testing. Written by Raymond J. Mauer and directed by Anthony Rizzo of Archer Productions and made with the help of school children from New York City and Astoria, New York, it was shown in schools as the cornerstone of the government's "duck and cover" public awareness campaign. Narrated through Bert the Turtle, the movie states that nuclear war could happen at any time without warning, and U.S. citizens should keep this constantly in mind and be ever ready.

Although duck-and-cover drills are no longer held in United States schools and most fallout shelters have been closed down or abandoned, Duck and Cover, which was shown to an entire generation of children, is part of American popular culture. The idea has been constantly referenced in television shows and movies, usually in a context implying Duck and Cover is an example of kitch. - Wikipedia


In the Library:

• Cannell, Roger S. Live; a handbook of survival in nuclear attack. [WorldCat]

• United States Defense Civil Preparedness Agency. Protection in the Nuclear Age. [Government Document D 14.8/3:20]

• United States Federal Emergency Management Agency. Home Fallout Shelter : Modified Ceiling Shelter, Basement Location Plan A. [Government Document FEM 1.8/3:12-A]

• Davis, Tracy C. Between History and Event: Rehearsing Nuclear War Survival. TDR, Vol. 46, No. 4 (Winter, 2002), pp. 11-45. [JSTOR]

On the Web:

• 1979 Office of Technology Assessment The Effects of Nuclear War

Production History of Duck and Cover