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Photo provided The "Duck and Cover" drill is a familiar one to children who grew up during the Cold War.

The Life Atomic: Growing Up in the Shadow of the A-Bomb opens Sept. 1 at ITOW

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Today American citizens find themselves threatened with the possibility of harm at the hands of foreign terrorists. But 50 years ago, during the height of the Cold War, Americans lived under another kind of threat -- global thermo-nuclear war.

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