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A Nuclear Narrative: Robert Oppenheimer, Autobiography, and Public Authority

A Nuclear Narrative: Robert Oppenheimer, Autobiography, and Public Authority This article explores the rhetorical strategies employed by Robert Oppenheimer in a personal narrative he wrote in 1954, defending himself against McCarthy-era charges that he was unfit for continued government employment. It argues that this personal narrative was central to establishing his public authority at this culturally tense moment, particularly in terms of his standing as a trustworthy atomic scientist. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

A Nuclear Narrative: Robert Oppenheimer, Autobiography, and Public Authority

Biography , Volume 33 (1) – Jun 12, 2010

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University of Hawai'I Press
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0162-4962
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Abstract

This article explores the rhetorical strategies employed by Robert Oppenheimer in a personal narrative he wrote in 1954, defending himself against McCarthy-era charges that he was unfit for continued government employment. It argues that this personal narrative was central to establishing his public authority at this culturally tense moment, particularly in terms of his standing as a trustworthy atomic scientist.

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BiographyUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 12, 2010

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