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  • In the days following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan (August 6, 1945, and August 9, 1945, respectively), Americans wrestled with the sudden appearance of a previously unimaginable force. Citizens of the western United States were particularly alarmed to learn that this instrument of destruction had been developed at Los Alamos, New Mexico, and first tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico, during Operation Trinity in July 1945. On August 6, 1945, The Santa Fe New Mexican headline read, “DEADLIEST WEAPON IN WORLD'S HISTORY MADE IN SANTA FE VICINITY.” The U.S. policy of nuclear testing remained an issue of controversy well into the 1990s. The environmental ramifications for the western United States linger today.

    At the height of the Cold War, 1946 to 1963, the United ...

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