Stevenson and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Today
During his second campaign for the presidency against Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, Governor Adlai Stevenson spoke out strongly and clearly for an end to the testing of thermonuclear H-bomb weapons. His call for such a ban came shortly after the first demonstration of a successful hydrogen bomb, or so-called superbomb, of such great destructive power that it released explosive energy equivalent to millions of tons of TNT, a hundred times more destructive than the primitive atom bombs that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The hydrogen bomb triggered concerns about the very survival of civilization. Stevenson viewed a test ban to prevent their further development to be a small step “for the rescue of man from the elemental fire which we have kindled” (McGeorge Bundy, Danger and Survival [New York: Random House, 1988], 239).
KeywordsNational Security Nuclear Weapon Nuclear Test Verification System International Monitoring System
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