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Main Title Yellow dirt : an American story of a poisoned land and a people betrayed /
Author Pasternak, Judy,
Publisher Free Press,
Year Published 2010
OCLC Number 464593180
ISBN 9781416594826; 1416594825
Subjects Navajo Indians--Government relations--History--20th century ; Navajo Indians--Health and hygiene--History--20th century ; Navajo Indians--Biography ; Uranium mines and mining--Political aspects--Southwest, New--History--20th century ; Uranium mines and mining--Social aspects--Southwest, New--History--20th century ; Radiation--Health aspects--Southwest, New--History--20th century ; Navajo Indian Reservation--History--20th century ; Southwest, New--Ethnic relations--History--20th century ; Indians, North American ; Congenital Abnormalities--etiology ; Soil Pollutants, Radioactive--adverse effects ; Uranium--history ; Mining--history ; Government Regulation ; Southwestern United States ; United States--Navajo Indian Reservation ; Uranbergbau ; Umweltverschmutzung ; USA ; Congenital Abnormalities--etiology--Southwestern United States ; Indians, North American--Southwestern United States ; Government Regulation--Southwestern United States ; History, 20th Century--Southwestern United States ; Mining--history--Southwestern United States ; Soil Pollutants, Radioactive--adverse effects--Southwestern United States ; Uranium--history--Southwestern United States
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EOAM  E99.N3P378 2010 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 08/15/2016
ERAM  E99.N3 P378 2010 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 02/22/2011 STATUS
Edition 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
Collation xiii, 317 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-304) and index.
Contents Notes
S-37, SOM, and SOQ -- The uranium rush. The patriarch : discovery. The special rocks ; The secret quest ; Jumping on the king -- The son : fear and frenzy -- The power of ¬°eetso ; Cold War ; The obstacle ; A hundred tons a day ; Endings ; Toxic legacy. The grandchildren : aftermath. Fallout ; Avalanche of suspicion ; A blind eye and a deaf ear -- The great-grandchildren : death and awakening. "Hear our voices" ; Under scrutiny from every angle ; Resistance ; Ghosts ; Beginnings -- The steeple. "Yellow Dirt offers readers a window into a dark chapter of modern history that still reverberates today. From the 1940s into the early twenty-first century, the United States knowingly used and discarded an entire tribe for the sake of atomic bombs. Secretly, during the days of the Manhattan Project and then in a frenzy during the Cold War, the government bought up all the uranium that could be mined from the hundreds of rich deposits entombed under the sagebrush plains and sandstone cliffs. Despite warnings from physicians and scientists that long-term exposure could be harmful, even fatal, thousands of miners would work there unprotected. A second set of warnings emerged about the environmental impact. Yet even now, long after the uranium boom ended, and long after national security could be cited as a consideration, many residents are still surrounded by contaminated air, water, and soil. The radioactive 'yellow dirt' has ended up in their playgrounds, in their bread ovens, in their churches, and even in their garbage dumps. And they are still dying"--Page 2 of cover.