INTRODUCTION TO YEAR 2: NARRATIVE AND CHARACTER
'Duck and Cover' is a method of protection against nuclear explosions and its effects. From the 1950s onward, it was taught to many generations of American children due to the events of the Cold War which took place during the Atomic Age. The intent of teaching children the 'duck and cover' act was to protect them in the event that an unexpected nuclear attack may take place.
When ducking and covering, children were taught to immediately duck under their desks and assume a prone -like position.
Such propaganda for 'duck and cover' was widely distributed in the forms of posters, public service announcements and animated civil defense films such as "Duck and Cover", released in 1952 and directed by Anthony Rizzo