The Red Scare, UFOs & Elvis

Long Beach Enters the Atomic Age

by Claudine Burnett



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 29/06/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 170
ISBN : 9781546247234

About the Book

The baby boomer generation (1946–1964) grew up in a time of dramatic social change. Their experiences in the Cold War were very different from those of their parents. While adults perceived communism as a threat to the American way of life—to their health and well-being and those of their families—their children learned to fear the loss of a future they could grow into and inhabit. These kids of the atomic age wondered if they might be the last children on earth. They were raised on civil defense films, tales of nuclear annihilation, and a world taken over by communism. America had entered the atomic age. Flying saucers were big news, communism appeared rampant, a war in Korea erupted, teens turned to murderers, and there was fear the world might end. It was also a time of transition. Rock ’n’ roll entered the scene, space flight became a reality, and the public learned not to blindly accept what the government told them, especially when it came to atomic radiation and waste.

About the Author

Claudine Burnett has written several books and articles on Southern California history for which she has received numerous awards. Her credentials include a B.A. in history from the University of California, Irvine; A Master’s in information science from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Master’s in public administration from California State University, Long Beach. Several of Ms. Burnett’s books have been used in the production of PBS and CSPAN documentaries. She has also appeared on television and spoken on radio. Named one of the city of Long Beach’s most influential people in the cultural arts by the Long Beach Business Journal, she has also been described by the Long Beach Press-Telegram as “one of this town’s finest historians.” Ms. Burnett’s latest book is sure to live up to her reputation as “the expert on all things Long Beach.”