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Displaced: The Unexpected Fallout from the Cold War



This program takes a look back to a time of both innocence and tragedy in American and regional history. Residents of the South Carolina farming towns of Ellenton, Dunbarton and Meyers Mill tell their personal stories of family and community life during the 1940s and early 50s and its shocking disruption by the government confiscation of their towns to make room for one of the largest nuclear weapons facilities in the world. They recall the fear, anger and dismay of the five thousand residents required to abandon homes and land many had known for generations. Filmed over a period of three years, the program treats viewers to appealing vignettes of small town life in the Deep South within a framework of the Cold War America that followed World War II. The reminiscences are filled with humor, history, nostalgia and grief, and are accompanied by a wealth of rare archival photographs and footage. Produced and directed by Mark Albertin. To order a copy, visit the ETV Store.

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