History Flashback: How to Duck and Cover

Image Source: Department of Energy

Image Source: Department of Energy

Washington, DC (TFC) – In 1951 the country was on the verge of the Red Scare and it was time to begin terrifying the citizens into compliance. While this video may seem like a quaint reminder from a bygone era, remember it wasn’t very long ago that the best our government could come up with to protect its citizens from a chemical attack was to use plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal yourself in your home. The goal of these videos is not to inform or prepare the viewer, it is to scare them.

Propaganda from years gone by is easy to spot. Seeing it for what it is today, is a little bit tougher. What’s the threat level today? Is it time to Duck and Cover?