The Bombing Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

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The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is one of the most talked about events in human history. It was the first and last time an atomic bomb was used in the history of the world. The bombing did not only mark the end of a battle with the Japanese but provided humanity a first-hand preview into the effects of the man-made device. Since the bombing there have been many discussions such as: who should possess such power, will mankind be the reason for its own demise, and why did America decide to use such a strategy against the Japanese. Those questions and many others will forever remain unanswered but history gives us a glimpse into what led America to such a tragic event. As most know, World War II began in 1939. The participants of…show more content…
The United States knew that if it were to be successful during World War II it had to be on the same level as its opponents. This push for developing atomic weapons would eventually lead to what is known as the Manhattan Project. “The Manhattan Project, was a U.S government research project (1942-1945) that produced the first atomic bombs” (History). The goal of the Manhattan Project was to quickly gather all the required information and put an atomic bomb in the hands of the United States. It required the help of many researchers and scientists, most famously, Albert Einstein. As the project took off it was supervised and controlled by the Office of Scientific Research and Development but as the United States became involved in the war, the War Department took responsibility for the project as well. To establish research centers and provide the structures needed to conduct such test the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Manhattan District got involved because most of the work prior had been done at Columbia University in Manhattan. As time pressed on the Manhattan Project finally completed the Atomic Bomb in 1945. On July 16, 1945, the United States tested the first Atomic Bomb (code name: trinity) on Alamogordo Air
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