Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Department Name when Degree Awarded
Robert S. Weise
Carolyn Renee Dupont
Christiane Diehl Taylor
This project aims to illustrate the change in emotions white, middle class Americans experienced towards the atomic bomb during the nineteen forties to early nineteen sixties by examining the popular culture that they produced and consumed. These Americans described the bomb as being an object of beauty, a powerful savior, an object of prosperity, and a weapon of fear. Each of these depictions are examined in their own separate chapter with various popular culture items examined as evidence. A wide range of popular media were inspected for this study, including films, magazines, comic books, cartoons, novels, and even video games.
Copyright 2017 Joshua Samuel Scott Cornett
Cornett, Joshua Samuel Scott, "Bombs, Bikinis, and Godzilla: America's Fear and Fascination of the Atomic Bomb as Evidenced Through Popular Media, 1946-1962." (2017). Online Theses and Dissertations. 480.