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Duck and Cover (1951)


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  •  Bert the Turtle was very alert 
  •  Duck! And Cover 
  •  “Now we must be ready for a new danger - the atomic bomb.” 
    “There is a bright flash, brighter than the sun, brighter than anything you’ve ever seen.”
  •  “It could knock you down hard. Or throw you against a tree or a wall.” 
  •  “But if you duck and cover, like Bert, you’ll be much safer.” 
  •  The nuclear warning siren 
  •  “When there is a flash, duck and cover, and do it fast!” 
  •  “What are you supposed to do when you see the flash?” 
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This government film, “Duck and Cover,” was made by the Federal Civil Defense Administration in 1951 to teach children what to do in the event of an atomic bomb. Bert the Turtle acts as a guide in teaching the children to duck and cover to protect themselves when they see the flash of a nuclear bomb. This film captures the atmosphere of fear and the very high alert citizens were on during the Cold War with regard to the possibility of nuclear war with the Soviet Union.