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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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Longing for the Bomb

Longing for the Bomb

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(p.171) Chapter Nine Longing for the Bomb
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Longing for the Bomb
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Lindsey A. Freeman

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622378.003.0010

This concluding chapter addresses the longing of residents of Oak Ridge for the days when the city was a muddy frontier at the beginning of the Atomic Age. Such a longing was shaped by positive memories of working for a secret atomic bomb project, but it was also colored with nostalgia for an imagined golden age of mid-twentieth-century America. In addition, this sentiment not only describes an opinion about the past; it also betrays a vision of contemporary America as a nation divided and in decline; a nation that has lost, or is in the act of losing, its purpose and character.

Keywords:   Oak Ridge, Atomic Age, atomic bomb project, contemporary America, Oak Ridge residents

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