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Atomic City in the Appalachian Mountains

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Social Studies +3 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Post-Secondary
The Manhattan Project didn't begin in a lab in Los Alamos Nevada - it began in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. President Roosevelt wanted to put an end to WWII, so in December of 1942 he authorized the Manhattan Project. Work on procuring and clearing land for the Oak Ridge Tennessee site was already underway.
By the end of WWII, Oak Ridge was the fifth largest town in Tennessee and the Clinton Engineer Works consumed 1/7th of all the power produced in the nation.