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Hiroshima And Nagasaki Dbq Essay

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On August 6th and 9th the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Days later when Japan surrendered, WWII ended as well. This bombing sparked many debates over whether America’s actions were right or not. The fewer amount of casualties and the brutal harshness of the Japanese to others justifies the US's strategy. The atomic bombs changed the way we fight wars and was a key milestone to where we are now. The decision to unleash them to the Japanese was not a light choice but it was necessary to preserve democracy and the American people. America was looking for options to end the long and brutal war. The government came up with a land invasion plan for Japan. But there was a catch. On “Invasion Of Japan” document, it showed that…show more content…
Hundreds of thousands died, almost half of the population of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The effects were devastating for the slowly dying, and family and friends of the dead. In document “Effects of Atomic Attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki” it shows a burned corpse and miserable doctors. But all would agree that the American government announced the Potsdam Declaration and warned Japan that “prompt and utter destruction” would follow the refusal of surrender. The US also dropped leaflets around the city telling citizens that “So, in accordance with America's humanitarian policies, the American Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate the cities named and save your lives.” The leaders of Japan unwisely ignored the declaration and ordered that whoever had in their possession a pamphlet, be sent to jail. In the end, it was the Japanese government's fault for keeping information from their people and delaying an inevitable defeat. The Japanese also procrastinated the end of the war by using Kamikaze pilots. These pilots were suicide bombers that crashed into US ships and killed more than 700 US soldiers. They damaged ships and cost thousands of dollars in repair. In document “Japanese Kamikaze Pilots”, it states, “The Japanese pilots became “guided” missiles taking out American ships”. Japan's strategy with the kamikaze pilots
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