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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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From Hiroshima to Normalization

From Hiroshima to Normalization

(p.93) Chapter Five From Hiroshima to Normalization
Longing for the Bomb

Lindsey A. Freeman

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter narrates events in Oak Ridge following the Hiroshima Bombing, particularly when the secret war project had been broadcast throughout the world. For Oak Ridgers, the day of bombing was a day of jubilation and celebration—a sign that the end of the war was near. The close of the war was an immense relief for the nation as a whole, and Oak Ridge was no exception. However, after the war, the city’s raison d’être had disappeared, and residents were unsure of how to organize their lives after the fallout. Similar worries reverberated throughout all of the Manhattan Project sites. For Oak Ridge, these fears were partially alleviated when, on September 6, 1945, Colonel Nichols announced that the site would continue to operate, although it was not entirely clear in what capacity and on what scale.

Keywords:   Oak Ridge, Hiroshima Bombing, Manhattan Project, Colonel Nichols, raison d’être

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