Downwind

Downwind

A People's History of the Nuclear West

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Lincoln :, University of Nebraska Press,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780803255371
0803255373
Branch Call Number: 363.1799 F794
Characteristics: xiii, 285 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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