It’s wartime in the 1940s. Ration cards and shortages are the norm at the grocery store. Families huddle around the radio to hear news from the fronts. But in Oak Ridge, wartime meant much more.

Building a city of 75,000 people in just three years from 59,000 acres of East Tennessee farmland meant long days, massive construction projects, and mud. Lots of mud. It also meant complete secrecy and living within the restrictions -- and safety -- of a fenced city.

This film looks at the daily life of Oak Ridge’s earliest citizens, from construction workers and scientists to home makers and historians.

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