Megs M asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 years ago

What did "Atoms of Peace" stand for?

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  • 8 years ago
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    "Atoms for Peace" was a slogan adopted under the Eisenhower administration and became the slogan of the then Atomic Energy Commission, the nuclear regulatory agency of the '50s and '60s.

    The U.S. and the Soviet Union were involved in nuclear brinksmanship, which caused trepidation and paranoia among the American people and probably the Soviets as well. More fallout shelters were sold to homeowners in this period than at all other times, since.

    The "Atoms for Peace" slogan was partially adopted to smooth Soviet and American feathers, but also to announce our research into atomic energy for peaceful purposes, such as generating electrical power, moving ships, and for medicine. There was a big PR campaign around our Atoms for Peace projects, partially also to offset the stigma from our bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.

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  • 8 years ago

    The Atoms for Peace program was a program founded in the early 50s after the harm and devastation potential of nuclear war was apparent and likely to happen with the Russians.

    Dwight D Eisenhower made a speech about toning down our use of nuclear energy for weapons and more for peaceful applications. The program was intended to supply, commercially, the ability to build nuclear reactors to power homes, buildings, and other projects, instead of having the nuclear material be refined and used in atomic weapons. The nuclear technology available could be applied to many, many things. Mainly of course, is the use for reactors to power not only buildings, but ships, crafts, and further our understanding of science.

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