The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
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Capacity - the maximum amount that something can contain: the capacity of the freezer is 1Allied - Joined by or relating to members of an alliance: allied territoriesLethal - sufficient to cause death: a lethal cocktail of alcohol and pills.Insistent - Insisting or demanding something; not allowing refusal: She was insistent that I call her.Escalating - increase rapidly: the escalating cost of health care.Massive- large and heavy or solid: a massive rampart of stone.Workforce - the people engaged in or available for work, either in a country or area or in a particular company or industry: The women returned from the workforce Unleashing - release from a leash or restraint: we unleashed the dog and carried it down to our carVaporized - convert or be converted into vapor: there is a large current that is sufficient to vaporize carbonStrategic - relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them: the company should take strategic actions to cope with fundamental changes in the environment

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Website #3: Atomic Bomb: Decision -- Truman Diary, July 25, 1945

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Truman is writing a dairy about the Atomic Bomb. He ordered the bomb use on July 25, 1945. He tells us how this is the most terrible thing ever discovered in the history of the world. When they tested the bomb, he states, “It was startling- to put it mildly”. He describes the destruction, giving good detail. It knocked over a steel tower over ½ mile away. Knocked men off their feet 10,000 feet away.

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Website #1: The Decision to Drop the Bomb [ushistory.org]

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Harry Truman was faced with a difficult decision of dropping the Atomic Bomb. The capacity to end the war with Japan was in his hands, but it would involve unleashing the most terrible weapon ever known. As the Japanese kept refusing, the decision was made. On August 6th, 1945 the Atomic Bomb was dropped over Hiroshima. Instantly vaporizing 70,000 people. The Japanese still stood their ground. So again, on August 9th, 1945, another Atomic Bomb was dropped over Nagasaki. Instantly killing 80,000 people. Finally, on August 14th, 1945 the Japanese surrendered.

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The Decision to drop the Atomic Bomb

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The decision to drop the Atomic Bomb

 

    Harry S. Truman was president at the time. The U.S. was at war with Japan, known as WW2. The war started in 1939, and didn’t end till 1945. President Truman took Roosevelt’s place in the Yalta Conference when he died in April 1945. When Truman took chair for president he was immediately faced with decisions about how to bring the war to an end. In 1942, Roosevelt had already approved the Manhattan Project for the Atomic Bomb. They tested the bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico July 1945. The U.S. was trying to get Japan to surrender peacefully, so the war would end. Japan refused. Truman warned Japan that he was prepared to use a very lethal weapon against them. Again, Japan refused. So on August 6th, 1945, the U.S. dropped the Atomic Bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. Instantly vaporizing 70,000 people. Japan was still insistent to  not surrender. With Japan’s refusal, U.S. dropped another Atomic Bomb over Nagasaki, Japan. Instantly killing 80,000 people. Finally, with thousands of innocent lives lost, Japan surrendered. Ending WW2.

    With the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, put America in the center a super power and began the Cold War with Russia in an escalating arms race. The world also changed environmentally. The surroundings, towns, and cities where the bombs were dropped, there has been little life growth. Cancer and birth defects is high in the towns and surrounding areas. As I mentioned before, the dropping of the bomb ended WW2, which was a HUGE impact on the world. Japan surrendered and the Germans, soon after, lost as the American sent in massive ground and air forces. Giving the U.S. the total victory in WW2. As a result in ending the War, men came home and women came back out of the workforce, and into the house. Had lots of babies. So many babies, that generation was known as the Baby Boomers generation.

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Website #2: Understanding the Decision to Drop the Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki | Center for Strategic and International Studies

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President Harry Truman had to make a difficult decision of dropping the Atomic Bomb, to get the Japanese to surrender. The power to end the war was in his hands, but it meant using a very lethal weapon. Killing thousands. Even though Truman gave Japan a warning of dropping the bomb, Japan kept refusing. The decision was then made, August 6th, 1945; the Atomic Bomb was dropped over Hiroshima. Instantly vaporizing 70,000 people. Japan was still insistent to not surrender. Again, on August 9th, 1945, another Atomic Bomb was dropped over Nagasaki. Instantly killing 80,000 people. Finally, with thousands of there people lost, on August 14th, 1945 Japan surrendered. Ending the War.

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