After the first few days of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Americans, without knowledge of

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After the first few days of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Americans, without knowledge of the aftermath of these cities, began cheering and celebrating as the bombings marked the end of World War II. Also, this event showed that Americans would be the ones who would lead the world into the nuclear age. In a Gallup Poll taken from August 10-15, 1945, Americans were asked whether or not they approved or disapproved of the use of atomic bombs on Japanese cities, 85 percent approved, ten percent disapproved and five had no opinion.30 then when asked if the development of the atomic bomb was a good or bad thing, 69 percent said it was a good thing, 17 percent said it was bad, and 14 percent had no opinion (Steele). However, as time…show more content…
. . . Modern science has won this war for us. Modern science is winning the peace for us. And modern science will provide a means of living and a security of living for the generations to come which this world has never dreamed of." He was not the only to say things like this after the bombings. Many people thought that this creation would be a positive thing for future conflicts as it could prevent war and provide peace throughout the world. Also, people were relieved that America was able to invent the bomb first as America only wants peace and other countries would have taken advantage of this weapon. As John L. Balderston Jr. of Oak Ridge, Tennessee said, "It is to the good of the whole world that we, a normally peace-loving nation, did discover it first." With the shock of these nuclear weapons being unleashed, also came the doubt of whether dropping the bombs was the right thing to do. Throughout America, people wondered whether there could have been another solution to end the war. People wondered whether it was right to drop the bomb on so many innocent people. On the topic of the bomb, General Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "Japan was at the moment seeking some way to surrender with minimum loss of 'face'. It wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing." Not only that, but Americans also questioned why their country had to be the one to cause mass death, destruction, and devastation. After dropping the bomb, even

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