Identification And Evaluation Of Sources

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Identification and Evaluation of Sources

Source 1: A Letter from Albert Einstein to President Franklin D. Roosevelt

This source was written by Albert Einstein in 1939. At the time of the publication of this letter, Einstein had retired from his job as the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin, Germany and had immigrated to the United States (Biography, Bio.com). Einstein with scientists Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard lobbied the U.S. government to take action in funding a research program for the development of the atomic bomb.
Einstein explains to President Roosevelt the threat that an atomic bomb would pose to the United States, “In the course of the last four months it has been made probable... that it may become possible to set up a nuclear chain reaction...Now it appears almost certain that this could be achieved in the immediate future. This new phenomenon would also lead to the construction of bombs, and it is conceivable -- though much less certain -- that extremely powerful bombs of a new type may thus be constructed. A single bomb of this type, carried by boat and exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory” (Einstein, PBS.org).
Einstein uses his knowledge and research to justify his claim. “I understand that Germany has actually stopped the sale of uranium from the Czechoslovakian mines, which she has taken over. That she should have taken such early action might perhaps be understood on…
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