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Main Title Downwind : a people's history of the nuclear West /
Author Fox, Sarah Alisabeth,
Publisher University of Nebraska Press,
Year Published 2014
OCLC Number 877370460
ISBN 9780803255371; 0803255373
Subjects Nuclear weapons testing victims--West (US) ; Nuclear weapons--West (US)--Testing--History ; Nuclear weapons--Testing--Health aspects ; Radioactive fallout--Health aspects--West (US) ; Radiation--Health aspects--West (US) ; Uranium mines and mining--Health aspects--West (US) ; Uranium miners--Health and hygiene--West (US) ; United States, West ; Kernwaffentest--(DE-588)4139467-7 ; USA--(DE-588)4078704-7 ; Radioactive Fallout--adverse effects--Southwestern United States ; Radioactive Fallout--history--Southwestern United States ; History, 20th Century--Southwestern United States ; Mining--history--Southwestern United States ; Nuclear Weapons--history--Southwestern United States ; Occupational Exposure--adverse effects--Southwestern United States ; Uranium--adverse effects--Southwestern United States
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EOAM  RA569.F69 2014 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 08/10/2015
Collation xiii, 285 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-271) and index.
Contents Notes
Living under the cloud -- Unearthing yellow monsters -- Home on the range -- Locally grown -- Writing down names -- Critical mass -- Conclusion. An unflinching tale that reveals the intentional disregard for human and animal life through nuclear testing by the federal government and uranium extraction by mining corporations during and after the Cold War. Sarah Alisabeth Fox highlights the personal cost of nuclear testing and uranium extraction in the American West through extensive interviews with "downwinders," the Native American and non-Native residents of the Great Basin region affected by nuclear environmental contamination and nuclear-testing fallout. These downwinders tell tales of communities ravaged by cancer epidemics, farmers and ranchers economically ruined by massive crop and animal deaths, and Native miners working in dangerous conditions without proper safety equipment so that the government could surreptitiously study the effects of radiation on humans. In chilling detail Downwind brings to light the stories and concerns of these groups whose voices have been silenced and marginalized for decades in the name of "patriotism" and "national security."--Publisher description.