Beacon Salon – Dr. Michael Scheibach

“Protecting the Home Front: Women in Civil Defense During the 1950s”

From senior roles in the federal government to positions at the state level, to local volunteers, Michael Scheibach chronicles how women of all ages and backgrounds played an essential role in civil defense during the 1950s and early 1960s — an era in which many believed in the probability of an atomic attack by the Soviet Union.

About Michael Scheibach:
Michael Scheibach, Ph.D., is an independent scholar specializing in the history of the early Cold War from 1945 through the 1960s. He is the author of four books, including “Atomic Narratives and American Youth: Coming of Age with the Atom, 1945-1955,” “Atomics in the Classroom: Teaching the Bomb in the Early Postwar Era,” “Protecting the Home Front: Women in Civil Defense in the Early Cold War,” and “Atomic Alert! The Atomic Bomb and ‘The Show That May Save Your Life’.” He is also the editor of “In Case Atom Bombs Fall”: An Anthology of Governmental Explanations, Instructions and Warnings from the 1940s to the 1960s.” Scheibach received his doctorate in American studies from the University of Kansas. He has more than 20 years’ experience as an adjunct professor and currently teaches at the University of Miami’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He has made numerous presentations on the early cold war and atomic age at conferences and other venues. He lives in Miami, Florida.


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