Lecture Description

Nevada was the site of about 100 aboveground atomic tests from 1951 to 1963, followed by nearly 30 years of underground tests at the Nevada Test Site. Not only was this a key component of Cold War defense policy, but Nevada also turned the mushroom cloud into a tourist attraction and local symbol, with a variety of effects. This lecture examines how Nevada marketed the atomic bomb, along with how the state fit into the Cold War and McCarthyism, including battles involving its powerful U.S. Senator, Pat McCarran, and a newspaper publisher whose attacks on McCarthy and McCarran predated those of more famous national critics.


Atomic Bomb Cold War

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