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Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia

Lindsey A. Freeman


Tucked into the folds of Appalachia and kept off all commercial maps, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was created for the Manhattan Project by the U.S. government in the 1940s. The city has experienced the entire lifespan of the Atomic Age, from the fevered wartime enrichment of the uranium that fueled Little Boy, through a brief period of atomic utopianism after World War II when it began to brand itself as “The Atomic City,” to the anxieties of the Cold War, to the contradictory contemporary period of nuclear unease and atomic nostalgia. This book shows how a once-secret city is visibly caught in an u ... More

Keywords: Appalachia, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Manhattan Project, Atomic Age, Little Boy, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469622378
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622378.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindsey A. Freeman, author