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Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America

Scott Kaufman


Inspired by President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech, scientists at the Atomic Energy Commission and the University of California’s Radiation Laboratory began in 1957 a program they called Plowshare. Joined by like-minded government officials, scientists, and business leaders, champions of “peaceful nuclear explosions” maintained that they could create new elements and isotopes for general use, build storage facilities for water or fuel, mine ores, increase oil and natural gas production, generate heat for power production, and construct roads, harbors, and canals. By harnessi ... More

Keywords: Plowshare, peaceful nuclear explosions, atomic power, American security, US legitimacy, energy resources, nuclear technology, nuclear testing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451256
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Kaufman, author
Francis Marion University