Now expanded to include the story of nuclear testing and its
consequences, Uranium Frenzy has become the classic account of the
uranium rush that gripped the Colorado Plateau region in the 1950s.
Instigated by the U.S. government's need for uranium to fuel its
growing atomic weapons program, stimulated by Charlie Steen's
lucrative Mi Vida strike in 1952, manned by rookie prospectors from
all walks of life, and driven to a fever pitch by penny stock
promotions, the boom created a colorful era in the Four Corners
region and Salt Lake City (where the stock frenzy was centered) but
ultimately went bust. The thrill of those exciting times and the
good fortune of some of the miners were countered by the darker
aspects of uranium and its uses. Miners were not well informed
regarding the dangers of radioactive decay products. Neither the
government nor anyone else expended much effort educating them or
protecting their health and safety. The effects of exposure to
radiation in poorly ventilated mines appeared over time.
Subjects: History, Sociology, Technology
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