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Longing for the BombOak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia$
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Lindsey A. Freeman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622378

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622378.001.0001

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The Atomic Prophecy

The Atomic Prophecy

(p.14) Chapter One The Atomic Prophecy
Longing for the Bomb

Lindsey A. Freeman

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the myth concerning John Hendrix, a man who was believed to have foreseen the construction of atomic industries at Black Oak Ridge. This man had prophesied that “there will be a city on Black Oak Ridge, and the center of authority will be on a point midway between Sevier Tadlock’s farm and Joe Pyatt’s Place,” and that “big engines will dig big ditches and thousands of people will be running to and fro” in the city. After World War II, the Hendrix myth becomes a key component in the story of Oak Ridge’s beginning. Its repetition creates a prophetic spectacle of the past by circumventing and screening out other, more complicated and ruthless histories of the area.

Keywords:   John Hendrix, atomic industries, Black Oak Ridge, World War II, Hendrix myth, prophetic spectacle

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