The beginnings of the Nuclear Age started when Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt warning him of a dangerous weapon the Nazis had begun researching, known as the atomic bomb. (1) Though, when President Roosevelt first read this letter, he was too preoccupied with events in Europe to be bothered with such ideas. He at the time did not take the creation of such weapon to seriously, nor did he believe America had the resources for such a task. (2) Finally, on October 19, 1939 President Roosevelt wrote back to Einstein stating that the United States had begun to research the power of uranium. (2) With the help of the British, whom reluctantly gave the United States leadership on this project, in June of 1942 the Manhattan Project had begun, though most of the world had no idea that this was even happening, not even Vice President Truman. (2)
With the start of World War II the race for the first atomic bomb started. With Germany under Hitler’s reign, the Nazis began separating uranium to form the first atomic bomb to control the world. The push for the United States build the first atomic bomb began with this knowledge. With the help of several scientists the United States succeeded in building the atomic bomb first. Two atomic bombs were used; a uranium bomb on Hiroshima and a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki. Along with the many deaths were six stages of A-bomb illness which includes acute stages, atomic bomb trauma, A-bomb radiation illness, radiation blood injury at lethal dosage, blood injuries, and secondary radiation illness. Seven unhealed scars were also an effect of the atomic bombs that includes keloids, A-bomb cataracts, leukemia, cancers, chromosome changes, exposure in utero and microcephaly, and genetic surveys. Regulations and guidance were set in place soon after the bombings to protect the people of the world based on the information that was gathered and it has changed over the years based on the new information that was learned. With the use of the atomic bombs in World War II, a lot of pain and suffering was caused, but a great deal of information was learned to help protect future generations from radiation.
“ The atom bomb was no ‘great decision.’ It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.” This quote was said by Harry S. Truman the first President who used an atomic bomb. The program that was able to create this monstrous power was known as the Manhattan Project. Creating this weapon was their main priority. The United States was in the midst of World War 2. The atomic bomb is considered to be the main factor that ended that war. It was a race against the multiple enemies of the United States, to be the first to acquire this power and use it when necessary. The Manhattan Project was kept strictly confidential and, created the foundation of the future and more powerful nuclear weapons to come.
During the 20th century, specifically the year 1945, the United States of America had two atomic bombs that the commander and chief, and president at the time, Harry Truman, knew about. President Truman plan was to drop the bombs on two of Japans cities, Hiroshima first and then Nagasaki. Truman’s plans went accordingly, which to this day leads to a very controversial topic on whether or not dropping the atomic bombs was a good or bad thing. There is evidence and reasoning to back up both claims, in which everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, in my opinion, I believe the choice of Harry Truman to drop the two atomic bombs was the right choice because it saved lives, helped end the war faster, and it was merely the only choice for the sake of the American soldiers.
On August 6th 1945, the United States, led by Harry Truman, decided to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, forever changing warfare. This paper will be dedicated to why Harry Truman decided to use the atomic bomb on Japan and the effects that this decision had on humanity afterward.
Japans assault on Pearl Harbor was what pushed the United Staes to end up in WWII. After numerous fights and losses against the Japanese, Truman knew the time had come to make a move to end this war. Variables that legitimize the dropping of the nuclear bombs are to anticipate any longer setbacks, reason impact on the soviet union, local legislative issues, and the come up short of the Potsdam Declaration. Contentions made against utilizing the bombs are the setbacks of guiltless lives, and Japans armed force at the purpose of falling. Truman 's choice to drop the bombs was a helpful decision. The utilizing of the nuclear bombs likewise had its post-war clashes; radiation in Japan, and struggle between United States and Soviet Union.
On August 6, 1945, following the attacks on Pearl Harbor the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan purposely in the means to end the war relatively quickly saving countless lives of American citizens. In the Truman Presidency, many began to question if the president made the right call on the use of the atomic bombs. In this case where a plethora of lives were lost in the Pearl Harbor attack America was indeed in need of a solution that would end the war. The decision President Truman made on the atomic bombs was right in the idea that many more lives could have been at risk in later events if the Japanese hadn’t surrendered when they did. In fact, if the Truman Administration would have waited on ta decision to respond
Introduction After the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the new president Harry Truman became president and was faced with crucial decisions which would steer the future of the war. Harry Truman was alerted about the very confidential Manhattan Project to build a working atomic bomb. Just as soon as the Japanese Islands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa were taken from them, the time to attack Japan was soon arising. Japanese soldiers deployed in those two Islands killed or wounded over 89 thousand Americans(PBS.org). Harry Truman was right to drop the Atomic Bombs because it saved considerable American and Japanese lives, ender WW2 faster, and turned the USA into a global superpower.
“The atom bomb was no “great decision” it was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness” said by President Harry s Truman. The World War 2 was one of most tragic event in history of mankind, after victory in European theater of World War 2, imperial Japanese military kept their fight against United States and its allies. President Truman needed to make a decision to drop atom bomb on mainland japan not only end the war, but with multiple point during that time. There were multiple reasons why atom bomb have dropped in japan, first allied opinion on japan which found at Potsdam declaration, second united states effort to limit soviet’s expansion, third save young American lives from island hopping strategy which show
Imagine that you are a person in Japan when all of a sudden you hear a plane flying over your town. Suddenly, you see a bomb dropped and blow up your entire city. Well, in 1945, the Japanese were dying. In a minute two whole cities were destroyed. It was Truman’s best option to launch the atomic bombs because he had to end the war; we had to save thousands of Americans; and the Japanese would not have surrendered.
Truman’s choice to drop the bomb was to stop the bloody war. “For Truman, the choice whether or not to use the atomic bomb was the most difficult decision of his life.” His decision to drop the bomb was purely military. America lose many soldiers and civilians because of 4 years of non-stop war and was weary of it, but Japan was denying to give up their fight.
One of the continuing debatable topics that is still being discussed is whether the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan in August 1945 was the right military action to do. There are many people who believe that there were other alternatives instead of dropping the bomb. Other people believe that the bomb was the only strategy that would work in order to end the war with the Japanese empire. Harry S. Truman found himself under the decision of whether to drop the bomb or hold back. Needless to say, whether Truman had held back from dropping the bomb or not, the war with the Japanese would have continued, causing more American casualties and more destruction. The dropping of the atomic bomb was a necessary action because it spared not just American
Historians, Scientist, and military advisors all have diverse opinions on the dropping of the atomic bomb. Varying from, it should be dropped to bring an end to the war with Japan, to it is inhumane to use such a power weapon on the Japanese military. Having so many diverse opinions on the newest found weapon, made the decision difficult for President Truman. There is no found proof that the war would have ended shortly after if it hadn’t been dropped. It was an uncertain factor on what would happen if the bomb wasn’t dropped, as well as what would happen if it was dropped.
The decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the hardest decision for President Truman to make. He had the power right there in his hands to end the war but he would have to unleash the most powerful weapon known to man, at this time. Everyone was very tired of fighting but the Japanese would not give up so Truman decided to drop it. Even though we told Japan that if they did not surrender we would completely demolish some of their cities, they did not listen and they did not surrender. Maybe they did not think about what kind of weapons we would use because
In 1945, the United States dropped a 5 ton atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima.The bomb killed thousands of innocent people in hopes of Japan's surrender from WWII. It was a success. The Japanese surrendered within 3 days of the bombs dropping. The United states was pleased with their decision. Although there are many questions on if the bomb was the right thing to do. What were these bombs that the United States dropped? Was the bomb the only alternative to end the war? How did this impact life in Japan and were there any survivors from the bomb? No question, this bomb is one of the most infamous things the United States has ever done in history but was it the right thing to do?