The Enola Gay And The Gay

837 WordsSep 14, 20154 Pages
44.5 seconds, that was the time it took for the bomb named “Little Boy” to be released from the American B-29 Super fortress, the Enola Gay, and strike its target in downtown Hiroshima. Despite the brevity of that moment, the events surrounding the decision to use the atomic bomb and the aftermath of that decision remain hotly contested 70 years later. Those few seconds changed human history forever, and it certainly deserves to remembered, yet establishing a place to honor a moment that used a terrible weapon to bring an end to a terrible conflict has proven to be rife with controversy. Often time’s historical analysis of the Enola Gay and the events that made her famous are focused on the decision to use the bomb followed by the immediate devastation that was left in its wake. While these components are certainly important, any exhibit dedicated to the Enola Gay should also reflect on the implications “the bomb” had on global politics and military decision making, many precedents that stand even to this day. The Enola Gay exhibit should be separated into three elements, each covering a different time period surrounding the atomic bomb. The first element covers the events prior to August 6th, 1945, when the United States government was still deliberating on whether to use the atomic bomb. While it may seem obvious to some, it is important to note that the Enola Gay is an American plane and the decision to use the bomb was made exclusively from the American

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