AUTHORFoertsch, Jacqueline
TITLEReckoning Day: Race, Place, and the Atom Bomb in Postwar America
PUBLISHERVanderbilt University Press
CITYNashville, Tennessee
DATE PUBLISHED2013
ISBN978-0-8265-1927-6


The author analyzes the diverse and substantial response of African Americans to the nuclear threat during the Cold War to uncover their often neglected contributions to the nuclear discussion. Her subjects include the anti-nuclear writing and activism of major figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Lorraine Hansberry; the treatment of black characters in doomsday fiction and nonfiction written by whites; and atomic themes in the work of African American writers, journalists, filmmakers, and musical performers, mainly from 1945 to 1965. She emphasizes how the leaders of the movement for racial equality also voiced support for nuclear disarmament. The author is a professor of English who teaches courses in modern American literature, film, and culture.


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