Linda Morice - Nuked: Echoes of the Hiroshima Bomb in St. Louis

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, January 25, 6pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
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Left Bank Books presents professor emerita of educational leadership at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville,
Linda Morice,
who will discuss the painful and disturbing legacy of the atomic age in the suburbs of St. Louis,
Nuked: Echoes of the Hiroshima Bomb in St. Louis
in our store on January 25th at 6pm!
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LINDA C. MORICE is professor emerita of educational leadership at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Her publications include many articles in academic journals and three books: Flora White: In the Vanguard of Gender EquityCoordinate Colleges for American Women: A Convergence of Interests, 1947-78; and a coedited volume, Life Stories: Exploring Issues in Educational History through Biography.

Nuked recounts the long-term effects of radiological exposure in St. Louis, Missouri--the city that refined uranium for the first self- sustaining nuclear reaction and the first atomic bomb. As part of the top-secret Manhattan Project during World War II, the refining created an enormous amount of radioactive waste that increased as more nuclear weapons were produced and stockpiled for the Cold War.

Unfortunately, government officials deposited the waste on open land next to the municipal airport. An adjacent creek transported radionuclides downstream to the Missouri River, thereby contaminating St. Louis's northern suburbs. Amid official assurances of safety, residents were unaware of the risks. The resulting public health crisis continues today with cleanup operations expected to last through the year 2038.

Morice attributes the crisis to several factors. They include a minimal concern for land pollution; cutting corners to win the war; new homebuilding practices that spread radioactive dirt; insufficient reporting mechanisms for cancer; and a fragmented government that failed to respond to regional problems.


Review Quotes:
Nuked explores the painful and disturbing legacy of the atomic age in the suburbs of St. Louis. . . . The story of what happened there adds an important--and largely overlooked--dimension to the history of the atomic age.--Natasha Zaretsky - author of Radiation Nation: Three Mile Island and the Political Transformation of the 1970s

An almost totally unknown history of one aspect of the Manhattan Project . . . It is about official secrecy and the slow uncovering of the secrets by different groups over quite a long period of time, made all the more powerful by the fact that the author's own family's tragic personal histories are bound up with the radioactive contamination.--Janet Farrell Brodie - author of The Trinity Site National Historic Landmark: A History


Event address: 
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Nuked: Echoes of the Hiroshima Bomb in St. Louis By Linda C. Morice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820363172
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: University of Georgia Press - December 1st, 2022


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