Atoms for Peace
In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave an emotional speech before the United Nations in which he pledged to use atomic power as a tool for peace rather than for war. The speech remains controversial as a possible example of disinformation; seeking to control the public’s emotional response to the atomic devastation in which World War II had ended.
Regardless, it set in process the three main aims of the Atoms for Peace program, as embodied in its seal: advancements in industry, in medicine, and in agriculture. The latter led directly to the funding and development of ‘gamma gardens’ at the US national laboratories that had only lately been used to develop the atom bomb. It also launched a public relations program that sought to educate American citizens about “Atoms for Peace” via posters, newsreels, and traveling road shows.