Part One: Maneuvers, Shoe Factories and POW Camps: Tennessee during World War II – a power point by “History” Bill Carey that describes in detail what life in Tennessee was like during World War II. He’ll talk about important people (such as Cordell Hull); he’ll talk about important companies (such as Alcoa) and he’ll explain why everyone was skinny and had to stay home (they were rationing sugar AND gasoline!)
Part Two: Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project (guest presenter Ray Smith). During World War II, a mostly rural chunk of Anderson and Roane counties was purchased by the government and converted into a massive military base where key parts of the atomic bomb were manufactured. This project would eventually succeed with the detonation of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945. But how did the government keep it secret? And what was it like to live and work in Oak Ridge at that time?