Yellowcake Towns: Uranium Mining Communities in the American West

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> Introduction Introduction (pp. xv-xxvi) Since the end of the Cold War in 1989, Americans have begun to consider seriously the social costs exacted by the development of the atom. Recent disclosures have revealed radiation tests conducted on unknowing children. Similar studies have probed cancer rates in the intermontane West presumably caused by nuclear testing. Still others have examined the survival of cities such as Hanford, Washington, and Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the first bombs and reactors were manufactured.¹ But little scholarly attention has been directed to the supply side of the industry. Although some recent works have examined the environmental consequences of uranium…

Chapter 1 From Weed to Weapon: U.S. Uranium, 1898–1945 Chapter 1 From Weed to Weapon: U.S. Uranium, 1898–1945 (pp. 1-16) In the early days of World War II, Cliff Hiett, a young vanadium mill worker from the small Western Slope […]

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