The atomic bomb and American society : new perspectives /
edited by Rosemary B. Mariner and G. Kurt Piehler.
1st ed.
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2009.
xxxi, 447 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
157233648X (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781572336483 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2009.
157233648X (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781572336483 (hardcover : alk. paper)
general note
"First presented as papers at a public conference commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the detonation of the first bomb, held in Oak Ridge, Tennessee July 15-17, 2005, and sponsored by the University of Tennessee Press and the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of War and Society and Department of History"--Introduction.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [407]-425) and index.
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Drawing on the latest research on the atomic bomb and its history, the contributors to this provocative collection of eighteen essays set out to answer two key questions: First, how did the atomic bomb, a product of unprecedented technological innovation, rapid industrial-scale manufacturing, and unparalleled military deployment shape U.S. foreign policy, the communities of workers who produced it, and society as a whole? And second, how has American society's perception that the the bomb is a means of military deterrence in the Cold War era evolve under the influence of mass media, scientists, public intellectuals, and even the entertainment industry? In answering these questions, The Atomic Bomb and American Society sheds light on the collaboration of science and the military in creating the bomb; the role of women working at Los Alamos; the transformation of nuclear physicists into public intellectuals as the reality of the bomb came into widespread consciousness; the revolutionary change in military strategy following the invention of the bomb and the development of Cold War ideology; the image of the bomb that was conveyed in the popular media; and the connection of the bomb to the commemoration of World War II. As it illuminates the cultural, social, political, environmental, and historical effects of the creation of the atomic bomb, this volume contributes to our understanding of how democratic institutions can coexist with a technology that affects everyone, even if only a few are empowered to manage it. Rosemary B. Mariner is formerly Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair and Professor of Military Studies for the National War College. She is currently a lecturer in history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. G. Kurt Piehler is associate professor of history and former director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which hosted the conference that formed the basis of this volume. He is the author of Remembering War the American Way and World War II in the American Soldiers' Lives Series as well as the coeditor, with John Whiteclay Chambers II, of Major Problems in American Military History.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. xviii
Context of American Culture and the Bomb
Sixty Years and Counting: Nuclear Themes in American Culture, 1945 to the Presentp. 3
Creating and Confronting the Bomb
To Run with the Swift: Vannevar Bush, James Conant, and the Race to the Bomb-How American Science Was Drafted into Wartime Servicep. 21
The Manhattan Project Revealed: Local Press Response to the Atomic Bomb Announcements, August-September 1945p. 43
Lost Almost and Caught between the Fences: The Women of Los Alamos, 1943-1945 and Laterp. 65
Over the Radio Yesterday I Heard the Starting of Another War: Women's Wartime Correspondence, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the End of World War IIp. 89
Containing and Coping with the Bomb
Selling the International Control of Atomic Energy: The Scientists' Movement, the Advertising Council, and the Problem of the Publicp. 103
Defending the American Way and Containing the Atom: Ideology and U.S. Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy since 1945p. 121
Continuity of Government Measures for Civil Defense during the Cuban Missile Crisisp. 153
Mightier than Missiles: The Rhetoric of Civil Defense for Rural American Families, 1950-1970p. 185
Expecting the Unexpected: Nuclear Terrorism in 1950s Hollywood Filmsp. 211
Culture and the Bomb
Voices from the Deep: Life and Culture aboard U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarines during the Cold Warp. 241
Exploding the Strangelove Myth: Cold War Nuclear Weapons Work and the Testing Times of William Oglep. 261
The Early Nuclear Age and Visions of Future Warp. 285
Oppenheimer and Rabi: American Cold War Physicists as Public Intellectualsp. 307
"Out in the Open": Popular Representations of Some American Nuclear Weapons in the Early Cold Warp. 329
Commemorating the Bomb The Oak Ridge International Friendship Bellp. 345
The Challenges of Preserving America's Nuclear Weapons Complexp. 381
Bibliographical Essayp. 407
Contributorsp. 427
Indexp. 431
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