By Kari Frederickson

Focusing at the impression of the Savannah River Plant (SRP) at the groups it created, rejuvenated, or displaced, this ebook explores the parallel militarization and modernization of the chilly War-era South. The SRP, a systematic and business complicated close to Aiken, South Carolina, grew out of a 1950 partnership among the Atomic strength fee and the DuPont company and was once devoted to generating fabrics for the hydrogen bomb. Kari Frederickson indicates how the desires of the increasing nationwide defense country, together with the company tradition of DuPont, reworked the economic climate, panorama, social kin, and politics of this nook of the South. In 1950, the world comprising the SRP and its surrounding groups was once essentially negative, uneducated, rural, and staunchly Democratic; by means of the mid-1960s, it boasted the main PhDs in line with capita within the nation and had turn into more and more center type, suburban, and Republican.

The SRP's tale is particularly dramatic; although, Frederickson argues, it's faraway from exact. The inflow of latest funds, new staff, and new company practices stemming from chilly War-era federal projects helped force the emergence of the Sunbelt. those components additionally formed neighborhood race family members. relating to the SRP, DuPont's deeply conservative ethos blunted possibilities for social switch, however it additionally helped comprise the novel white backlash that was once so well known in areas just like the Mississippi Delta that got much less chilly battle investment.

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