The Atomic Bombs Released On The Doomsday Clock

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Jadis Chavez-Storrs
Professor Myers
English 1A
26 February 2017
Seconds to Midnight on the Doomsday Clock
The Atomic bombs released on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan by an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, brought WWII to a significant end. During WWII, the United States and Soviet Union served as allies against the Axis Powers. Though this wasn’t the only alliance standing against Japan, Italy, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria; The United States’ and USSR’s relationship at this point in history was controversial because the two nations never completely trusted each other although fighting common enemies. According to historian Gar Alperovitz, “The bomb made it possible for the United States to do whatever it wanted to Europe because we …show more content…

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