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By Paul Boyer

A learn at the impression of the nuclear bomb and the specter of nuclear struggle at the collective American attention. This electronic version was once derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's (http://www.humanitiesebook.org) on-line model of a similar identify.

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In an editorial titled “The Atomic Age” and in an essay, “The Atom Bomb and Future War,” by New York Times military analyst Hanson W. Baldwin, Life tried to place the devastating events in context. Baldwin minced no words. As soon as the long-range rockets developed by the Germans were fitted with atomic warheads capable of “destroying] cities at one breath,” he wrote, echoing H. V. ” The future would be different, certainly, but it need not terrify. Even Hanson Baldwin’s grim predictions could be viewed in an optimistic light.

Experience with the bomb. ” By the Bomb’s Early Light, too, clearly betrays evidence of the historical moment in which it was written. In this edgy climate, the fortieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan attracted much public attention. Time magazine’s issue of July 29, 1985, featured a cover photo of the mushroom cloud rising over Hiroshima and the dismayed exclamation of the Enola Gay’s copilot (“My God! ”). ” But by 1985 the cultural weather had already shifted, and the winds of nuclear fear and antinuclear activism were abating.

The pearled bomb bursts into a fury of dazzling colors in mock rhinestones, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires …. As daring to wear as it was to drop the first atom bomb. 75. Other enterprising entrepreneurs gathered the greenish, glass-like fused sand at the Alamogordo test site and (oblivious to the danger of radioactivity) fashioned it into costume jewelry, which they advertised nationally. The Atomic Age Publishing Company of Denver announced a new magazine, The Atom, with a goal of one hundred thousand subscribers.

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