AUTHORAmundson, Michael A.
TITLEYellowcake Towns: Uranium Mining Communities in the American West
PUBLISHERUniversity Press of Colorado
CITYBoulder, CO

This book examines the effects of uranium mining during the Cold War on four towns in the western United States: Grants, New Mexico; Moab, Utah; Uravan, Colorado; and Jeffrey City, Wyoming. Employing the model of internal colonialism for explanation, the author argues that shifting federal government policies and demand shaped the well-known boom-and-bust cycles for those communities: an initial boom in the 1950s, a marked slowdown in the 1960s, a second boom in the 1970s, and a final bust in the 1980s. The book also considers various remediation efforts in the 1990s to deal with the environmental degradation wrought by uranium mining in the western states. Sources for the book include interviews conducted by the author and by the University of Utah Oral History Project. The book is supported by ample notes and an extensive bibliography

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