The Bombing Of Hiroshima And Its Effects On The United States Essay

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The bombing of Hiroshima is one of the most controversial, and debated events in history, that is still contested today. During World War ll (1939-1946) in the year 1941, December 7th, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, thus Japan declared war on the United States (U.S.). The Japanese were eager to take control of Asia, but the U.S wouldn’t allow it. Over a year prior to the bombing the U.S. imposed an embargo on aviation gasoline and scrap iron. Instead of backing down Japan invaded other countries such as Dutch East Indies, China, Malaysia and various other pacific countries/islands. Japanese needed oil, hence they invaded surrounding countries. As a result of Japan’s destructive actions, the U.S. decided to expand its embargo, extending it to iron, copper, tools, steel and many other critical metals. With the decision to stop the Japanese expansion, Franklin D. Roosevelt (U.S president at the time) issued an order freezing all Japanese assets in the United States. Soon after Britain and Dutch joined the oil embargo on Japan. While Allied forces in Europe were closing in on Germany, Allied forcing in the Pacific were closing in on Japan. In March 1945 the U.S. Air Force began a series of heavy bombing campaigns against major Japanese cities. On July 16th, 1945, the United States successfully tested the atomic bomb in New Mexico. The project conducted by America, Canada and Britain was code-named the Manhattan Project. The Potsdam declaration was issued on July 26th,

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