At the height of WWII, 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 America, 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. 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, Denise Kiernan’s The Girls of Atomic City is a lasting and important addition to our country’s history. Find this and more incredible stories right here at your Snyder Library!
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison; Courtesy Brainy Quotes.com
Did you know?
Jim Marshall played 20 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. During one game, the defensive lineman scooped up a fumble and ran 66 yards for what he thought was a touchdown. What he didn’t realize was that he was running the wrong way. The play ended up as a really, really long safety – and two points for the opposing team, the San Francisco 49ers. Courtesy: Wacky Football Trivia by Shane Frederick.
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