The Atomic Bomb On Hiroshima And Nagasaki

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THESIS STATEMENT Despite criticisms, President Harry S. Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the lesser of many evils, sparing more lives in the long term by avoiding continued conflict.
PURPOSE STATEMENT Through historical research and sociological analysis, it will be proven that the atomic bombs were the best possible strategy to save lives and bring a speedy end to the war in the Pacific.
INTRODUCTION
On August 6, 1945 the culmination of years of scientific research and testing was released on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The fiery explosion that discharged from the atomic bomb killed tens of thousands instantly. When no word of surrender was uttered by the Japanese leadership, another atomic weapon was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9. Although less lethal than the first, thousands still perished in the Japanese city. “The Japanese leaders [understood] the utter hopelessness of their position” (Groves 319), and the next day they announced Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allied forces. This capitulation finally saw the conclusion of almost four years of warring in the Pacific. Thousands of Allied soldiers poised to invade the Asian country cheered with relief, knowing their lives had been spared. Meanwhile, half a world away, few Americans opposed the use of the atomic bomb, knowing it was a necessary evil. As years passed, though, the controversy surrounding the bombings grew. Corrupt leadership, Cold War experiences,
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