Essay On The Atomic Bomb

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On August 6 and 9th, 1945, the world’s first atomic bombs were dropped in a race to end World War II. The first nuclear bomb, ‘Little Boy’, dropped over Hiroshima, Japan wiped out ninety percent of the city and immediately killed thousands. Three days later, a second atomic bomb dropped on this time over the city of Nagasaki. The bombs were created by scientists who worked in secret for years on "The Manhattan Project" to perfect weapons that would bring an end to the long and traumatizing fight of World War II. The use of the atomic bomb at the end of World War II has had global consequences that are still being dealt with today.

Seventy-two years ago, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These bombs were …show more content…

This bomb was a second attempt to force the Japanese to surrender in the early hours of August 9, 1945; the bomb led to the Japanese Supreme War Council meeting with the Emperor Hirohito. On the 14th of August, Emperor Hirohito accepted the Allied demand for Japan’s surrender, provided he remain as emperor. The Potsdam Declaration, which defined the terms for Japanese surrender, was signed by the United States, China, and Great Britain and on August 15, 1945, the surrender was officially announced.

Before the two atomic bombs were dropped, no one could imagine the horror and devastation that would come with them. The destruction on these two days was so unbelievable that there is actually no count on how many people died; though, it’s estimated 90,000 to 160,000 people died in Hiroshima, and 60,000 to 80,000 people in Nagasaki. Majority of Americans approved of the bombings. A poll conducted days after the bombings found that 85% of Americans approved of the use of the bombs, while 10% opposed. Americans believed killing the Japanese would save more Americans lives in the future and that bombing was a more humanitarian way to end the war; however, many were left to endure slow painful deaths. According to The Radiation Effects Research Foundation, the countries exposure to radiation led to thousands of deaths as time passed. Illnesses such as cancers, mutations in the DNA of living cells, and leukaemia were results of the bombings, leaving the total number of

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