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Author Pasternak, Judy, 1956-

Title Yellow dirt : an American story of a poisoned land and a people betrayed / Judy Pasternak

Publ Info New York, N.Y. : Free Press, 2010
Edition First Free Press hardcover edition
 CCRI-Prov.  E99 .N3 P378 2010    AVAILABLE
 CCRI-Warwick  E99 .N3 P378 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  E99.N3 P378 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xiii, 317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-304) and index
Contents S-37, SOM, and SOQ -- The uranium rush. The patriarch : discovery. The special rocks ; The secret quest ; Jumping on the king -- The son : fear and frenzy -- The power of Leetso ; Cold War ; The obstacle ; A hundred tons a day ; Endings ; Toxic legacy. The grandchildren : aftermath. Fallout ; Avalanche of suspicion ; A blind eye and a deaf ear -- The great-grandchildren : death and awakening. "Hear our voices" ; Under scrutiny from every angle ; Resistance ; Ghosts ; Beginnings -- The steeple
Note "Yellow Dirt offers readers a window into a dark chapter of modern history that still reverberates today. From the 1940s into the early twenty-first century, the United States knowingly used and discarded an entire tribe for the sake of atomic bombs. Secretly, during the days of the Manhattan Project and then in a frenzy during the Cold War, the government bought up all the uranium that could be mined from the hundreds of rich deposits entombed under the sagebrush plains and sandstone cliffs. Despite warnings from physicians and scientists that long-term exposure could be harmful, even fatal, thousands of miners would work there unprotected. A second set of warnings emerged about the environmental impact. Yet even now, long after the uranium boom ended, and long after national security could be cited as a consideration, many residents are still surrounded by contaminated air, water, and soil. The radioactive 'yellow dirt' has ended up in their playgrounds, in their bread ovens, in their churches, and even in their garbage dumps. And they are still dying"--Cover, p. 2
LC subject Navajo Indians -- Government relations -- History -- 20th century
Navajo Indians -- Health and hygiene -- History -- 20th century
Navajo Indians -- Biography
Uranium mines and mining -- Political aspects -- Southwest, New -- History -- 20th century
Uranium mines and mining -- Social aspects -- Southwest, New -- History -- 20th century
Radiation -- Health aspects -- Southwest, New -- History -- 20th century
Navajo Indian Reservation -- History -- 20th century
Southwest, New -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century
Mesh Subject Congenital Abnormalities -- etiology -- Southwestern United States
Indians, North American -- Southwestern United States
Government Regulation -- Southwestern United States
History, 20th Century -- Southwestern United States
Mining -- history -- Southwestern United States
Soil Pollutants, Radioactive -- adverse effects -- Southwestern United States
Uranium -- history -- Southwestern United States
ISBN 9781416594826