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Little Cold Warriors: American Childhood in the 1950s

Victoria M. Grieve

Abstract

American children’s experiences during the Cold War were complex. Both conservative and liberal Baby Boomers have romanticized the 1950s as an age of innocence, but these nostalgic narratives obscure many other histories of postwar childhood, one of which has more in common with the war years and the Sixties, when children were mobilized and politicized by the US government, private corporations, and individual adults to fight the Cold War both at home and abroad. Children battled communism in its various guises on television, in the movies, and in comic books; they practiced safety drills, jo ... More

Keywords: childhood and youth, Cold War, cultural Cold War, public diplomacy, nuclear war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190675684
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190675684.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria M. Grieve, author
Associate Professor of History, Utah State University