It’s no surprise that the government keeps secrets away from the American people, right? What if I told you that one of those secrets led up to over 190,000 deaths of fairly if not completely innocent people? Because that is exactly what happened as a result of the Manhattan Project. The Manhattan project was a huge research conducted by scientists and physicists alike to create what would soon be the world’s first atomic bomb. Not only one of the world’s first atomic bombs, but definitely a huge turning point in history, causing bucketloads of death and destruction.
Three days later, on August 9th, 1945, America dropped another bomb on Nagasaki with the code name “Fat Man”. As many as 200,000 deaths were caused by “Little Boy” alone and many people would die of radiation for years to come. The dropping of the Atom bomb on Hiroshima is an extremely debatable issue with no right or wrong answer. In this essay I will describe both sides to the argument then conclude using my final opinion on whether I am for or against the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima. There are many reasons why it could be argued that the dropping of the atomic bomb was justified.
The counter-arguments were that the Japanese were already defeated and so ‘why was it necessary to drop the bomb?”. Especially the second type, as evidence suggests that the Japanese were already defeated. Bombing and killing the innocent people shouldn’t ever be justified, however, it was a war and the American government did warn the Japanese about the consequences of continuing the fight. On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb enriched with uranium, coded “Little boy”, was dropped over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The project was coded ‘Trinity’ when the first and only testing of ‘Little boy’ was on July 16th, 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Had American not dropped the bomb, then who knows what the world would be like today. America might not be allies with Japan. Japan is one of America’s closest allies. While there were alternatives, America was right to drop the atomic bomb because the bomb was dropped to end the war, the bomb saved thousands of lives, both Japanese and American, and the bomb was the only logical option. President Truman had only been president for twelve days when he
On August 15, Japan surrendered unconditionally. President Truman decision to drop these atomic bombs on these cities changed the course of history and modern warfare. After this pivotal moment begun an arms race to develop the most nuclear bombs between many nations. The decision to drop the atomic bombs over Japanese cities had to involve a lot of pros and cons. This paper will discuss the reason why the bombs were dropped, how historians look back on that decision, how the culture of the time affected that decision, and what, in my opinion, was the deciding factor.
Julianna E. Filomena Mrs. E. Conn English Composition 7 February 22, 2018 Annotated Bibliography: Was dropping the atomic bombs in World War II justified? Bernstein, Barton J. "A Postwar Myth: 500,000 U.S. Lives Saved." Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol.
“If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one.” Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist, thought of this verse from the Hindu holy book, the Bhagavad Gita, while witnessing the explosion. During World War II, the Americans had to face pressure from both Japan and Germany. When the United States became aware that Germany attempted to build atomic weapons, Americans began to concentrate fully on their research about creating an atomic bomb first. Under Germany’s threaten, President D. Roosevelt created a secret project, known as the Manhattan Project, to develop the atomic technology first. The Manhattan project included a group of foremost scientists
In 1945, World War II (1939-1945) had been going on for six years. The United States had entered the war in 1941 and had only been fighting for four years. In a desperate attempt to end the war, the United States decided it would be a good idea to scare people by using the nuclear bombs they created (Brumfiel). On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped a bomb named “Little Boy” on the Japanese city, Hiroshima. Three days later, on August 9, the U.S dropped another bomb called “Fat Boy” on the Japanese city, Nagasaki (Hall).
Hiroshima, the bomb named after the city that was demolished by the United States during the final stages of world war two. Harry S. Truman, former president of the United States of America, was in peace negotiations with the United Kingdom, China, and Japan trying to end World War II. “The Potsdam Declaration which called for Japan’s immediate surrender and peace terms was rejected by Japan ”. “Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson felt that it was appropriate to use the United States’ new atomic bomb to end the war quickly and secure the US’s dominant place in the world ”. Whether or not, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified remains in debate up to today.
No one was safe after this invention came to life. Albert Einstein made a comment after the atomic bomb came to life and it states, “We appeal, as human beings, to human beings: Remember your humanity and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death” (Claypool 100). Oppenheimer will forever live on to be known as the father of the atomic bomb and creator of the most destructive weapon known to
The atomic bomb is the most destructive weapon of mass destruction mankind currently posses. The Manhattan Project was the research of these bombs by the Americans before and during World War II. The Manhattan Project produced to the bombs that were to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki. One of the deadliest events ever is when the United States used atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Before World War II even started the Americans started their nuclear weapons project.
Tonya Gusevik HIST102 Dr. Lupo August 16, 2015 The Manhattan Project The Manhattan Project is a short history of the beginning of the Atomic Bomb program during World War II. Nuclear research all started when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and the United States entered into World War II. Scientific development began in the years prior to the war. The program started in 1939 and grew to employ more than 130,000 people. The Manhattan Project maintained control over the research, development, and production of American atomic weapons.
The first atomic bomb was exploded in New Mexico on July sixteenth, 1945. In Ray Bradbury’s “Dark They Were and Golden Eyed,” the humans came to Mars because “the atom bomb will [destroy] Earth” (Bradbury 480). This story is connected to the historical event known as the atomic bomb. Research shows “Albert Einstein came up with many of the theories that helped scientists in making the atomic bomb” (Barrett). President Franklin Roosevelt set up a research and development program for the atomic bomb, called the Manhattan Project.
July 16, 1939, Einstein 's letter. But, before his letter, President Truman 's decided to drop an atomic bomb that shook the world. The historians are conversing the use of the bomb on live population. With a few doubts, the United states developed a weapon before the war has even begun. This would not have happened if it wasn’t for a Hungarian physicist named Leo Szilard and Albert Einstein.
Rough Draft Jacob Berry In 1941, is the year the Atomic bomb changed warfare and human life forever. Many projects around the United States worked on the race to create the atomic bomb. One project, The Manhattan Project, led by Julius Robert Oppenheimer, created enough U-235 to create one of these deadly weapons. The Atomic bomb should be eliminated and banned around the world to stop the potential destruction of our world. Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a scientist from New York, grew up in a rich household with access to the best schools.