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The girls of Atomic City: the untold story of the women who helped win World War II

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The incredible story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in US history. At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians--many of them young women from small towns across the South--were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war--when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed. Drawing on the voices of the women who lived it--women who are now in their eighties and nineties-- The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of American history from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage. Combining the grand-scale human drama of The Worst Hard Time with the intimate biography and often troubling science of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks , The Girls of Atomic City is a lasting and important addition to our country's history.
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Full title girls of atomic city the untold story of the women who helped win world war ii
Author kiernan denise
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display_description In this book the author traces the story of the unsung World War II workers in Oak Ridge, Tennessee through interviews with dozens of surviving women and other Oak Ridge residents. This is the story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history. The Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One of the Manhattan Project's secret cities, it did not appear on any maps until 1949, and yet at the height of World War II it was using more electricity than New York City and was home to more than 75,000 people, many of them young women recruited from small towns across the South. Their jobs were shrouded in mystery, but they were buoyed by a sense of shared purpose, close friendships, and a surplus of handsome scientists and Army men. But against this wartime backdrop, a darker story was unfolding. The penalty for talking about their work, even the most innocuous details, was job loss and eviction. One woman was recruited to spy on her coworkers. They all knew something big was happening at Oak Ridge, but few could piece together the true nature of their work until the bomb "Little Boy" was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, and the secret was out. The shocking revelation: the residents of Oak Ridge were enriching uranium for the atomic bomb. Though the young women originally believed they would leave Oak Ridge after the war, many met husbands there, made lifelong friends, and still call the seventy-year-old town home. The reverberations from their work there, work they did not fully understand at the time, are still being felt today.
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Large type books, Oak Ridge (Tenn.) -- Biography, Oak Ridge (Tenn.) -- History -- 20th century, Oak Ridge (Tenn.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century, Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- History -- 20th century, Official secrets -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Uranium enrichment -- History -- 20th century, Women -- Tennessee -- Oak Ridge -- Interviews, Women employees -- Tennessee -- Oak Ridge -- History -- 20th century, World War, 1939-1945 -- Tennessee -- Oak Ridge, World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- Tennessee -- Oak Ridge
title_display The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II
title_full The Girls of Atomic City The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II / Denise Kiernan, The girls of Atomic City [sound recording] : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II / Denise Kiernan, The girls of Atomic City [text (large print)] : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II / by Denise Kiernan
title_short The girls of Atomic City :
title_sub the untold story of the women who helped win World War II
topic_facet Audiobooks, Biography & Autobiography, History, Large type books, Military, Nonfiction, Official secrets, Social life and customs, Uranium enrichment, Women, Women employees, World War, 1939-1945