publication . Article . 2017

Remembering the Atomic Bomb in its Birthplace, New Mexico

Lucie Genay;
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  • Published: 29 Mar 2017 Journal: Les Cahiers de Framespa, volume 24 (issn: 1760-4761, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: UMR 5136- France, Amériques, Espagne – Sociétés, Pouvoirs, Acteurs (FRAMESPA)
Abstract
On July 16, 1945 the « Land of Enchantment » acquired a new identity as the cradle of the nuclear age when the world’s first atomic bomb exploded in the Jornada del Muerto desert. New Mexico underwent a phenomenal transformation as a result of the arrival of atomic science in its remotest lands. The Trinity date does not hold the same place in collective memory as Hiroshima and Nagasaki but its historical significance takes various shapes on different memory scales. Therefore, this article addresses the meaningfulness of the bomb in national and local memories, focusing on the voices which contribute to the expression of its legacy and on the way this legacy is ...
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free text keywords: nuclear era, cold war, atomic laboratory, local memory, radioactivity, ère nucléaire, guerre froide, laboratoire atomique, mémoire locale, radioactivité, era nuclear, guerra fría, laboratorio atómico, memoria local, radiactividad, lcsh:Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform, lcsh:HN1-995, Collective memory, Nuclear weapon, Local memories, Visual arts, Geography, Cartography
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