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The Resource Reckoning day : race, place, and the atom bomb in postwar America, Jacqueline Foertsch

Reckoning day : race, place, and the atom bomb in postwar America, Jacqueline Foertsch

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Reckoning day : race, place, and the atom bomb in postwar America
Title
Reckoning day
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race, place, and the atom bomb in postwar America
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Jacqueline Foertsch
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eng
Summary
Too often lost in our understanding of the American Cold War crisis, with its nuclear brinkmanship and global political chess game, is the simultaneous crisis on the nation's racial front. Reckoning Day is the first book to examine the relationship of African Americans to the atom bomb in postwar America. It tells the wide-ranging story of African Americans' response to the atomic threat in the postwar period. It examines the anti-nuclear writing and activism of major figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Lorraine Hansberry as well as the placement (or absence) of black characters in white-authored doomsday fiction and nonfiction. Author Jacqueline Foertsch analyzes the work of African American thinkers, activists, writers, journalists, filmmakers, and musical performers in the "atomic" decades of 1945 to 1965 and beyond. Her book tells the dynamic story of commitment and interdependence, as these major figures spoke with force and eloquence for nuclear disarmament, just as they argued unstintingly for racial equality on numerous other occasions. Foertsch also examines the location of African American characters in white-authored doomsday novels, science fiction, and survivalist nonfiction such as government-sponsored forecasts regarding post-nuclear survival. In these, black characters are often displaced or absented entirely: in doomsday narratives they are excluded from executive decision-making and the stories' often triumphant conclusions; in the nonfiction, they are rarely envisioned amongst the "typical American" survivors charged with rebuilding US society. Throughout Reckoning Day, issues of placement and positioning provide the conceptual framework: abandoned at "ground zero" (America's inner cities) during the height of the atomic threat, African Americans were figured in white-authored survival fiction as compliant servants aiding white victory over atomic adversity, while as historical figures they were often perceived as "elsewhere" (indifferent) to the atomic threat. In fact, African Americans' "position" on the bomb was rarely one of silence or indifference. Ranging from appreciation to disdain to vigorous opposition, atomic-era African Americans developed diverse and meaningful positions on the bomb and made essential contributions to a remarkably American dialogue
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1964-
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Foertsch, Jacqueline
Dewey number
323.1196/073
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • African Americans
  • Atomic bomb
  • Antinuclear movement
  • African Americans
  • African American political activists
  • African American intellectuals
  • Atomic bomb in literature
  • Race relations in literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
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adult
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Reckoning day : race, place, and the atom bomb in postwar America, Jacqueline Foertsch
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multicolored
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rdacontent.
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MWT12429948
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1 online resource.
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  • online
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9780826519283
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia.
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MWT12429948
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remote
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12429948
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Reckoning day : race, place, and the atom bomb in postwar America, Jacqueline Foertsch
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT12429948
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780826519283
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT12429948
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12429948
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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