For example, Truman uses repetition of “we will destroy.”(Truman 2) By repeating this over and over, it gives Truman a sense of superiority and power. It makes the audience feel more confident with the Truman’s claim. Also, Truman uses repetition of how the atomic bomb is a major achievement in the United States history. (Truman) By stating this, it reassures American society that the decision to drop the bomb was not a terrible decision. Furthermore, Truman also uses a didactic/serious tone to educate and persuade the audience about the bombing and the bomb itself.
The Cuban Missile Crisis was the height of the Cold War since there was so much tension between the two superpowers, and both sides had deadly nuclear weapons which could have led to war. During this time, war seemed inevitable to the citizens such as Dino Brugioni. Brugioni “made arrangements for his young family to get out of Washington in the event of war” and stated "’I had seen atomic blasts and I knew the destruction they had left, and I felt sure that Washington would be a target’" (Fidgen 2012). Brugioni is one of many US citizens who believed that nuclear war would be inevitable after the discovery of the Soviet missiles in Cuba, which shows the widespread fear of nuclear war during this time. The nuclear weapons were “an explicit threat to the peace and security of all the Americans” and war was only avoided because of the agreement that Khrushchev and Kennedy had come upon (Cantelon).
Intro/Thesis: The news we hear today about nuclear weapons, ranging from the Iran Nuclear Deal to the North Korean bomb tests all stem from the secret project led by the United States during World War 2. The Manhattan Project, which started in 1942 lasting until 1946, saw the creation of two atomic bombs which would explode in Japan, ending World War 2 but more importantly changing the world forever (“Manhattan Project”). As the death tolls continued to climb upwards during the World War 2, so did the significance and urgency of the project. Since the day when the bomb ‘Little Boy’ and ‘Fat Man’ fell towards Japan, the end it put on World War 2, the destruction it wreaked, the role it has in international politics, and its contribution to science
Often Soviets had spies that were in pursuit of the American technology, blueprints, and set up of their Atomic cities, “It appears, in other words, that Beria [The Soviets] wanted the American way.” Soviets were very aware of the American atomic project and had an extensive spy ring that penetrated the ring of information, despite the American efforts to keep the project top secret. Though the cold war, by common belief, had technically not began yet, the tension between the two countries had already begun in the race to create the first atomic weapon. As said by Kate Brown, “Intelligence on the American bomb hurtled Soviet and American leaders towards postwar rivalries on the cusp of their joint victory.” This was a period of time that was largely focused on the relationship that the United States had with Germany and Japan in the Second World War, not one focused on the bubbling relationship with the Soviets. Though this early rivalry could easily be marked as the beginning of the high tensions and the race towards the atomic bomb becoming an identifying marker of the Cold War. The interactions and the competition to be the first country with an atomic weapon is what drove the United States success, which is often attributed to the sole intelligence of the
The emperor of Japan sent a broadcast to his people reporting that the Japanese would surrender to the Americans and that "the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage." Also that "the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb." This statement proves that no one else in this time has a weapon of such damaging results that it put the Japanese in fear of the Americans. American airmen announced to the people of Japan that "We are in possession of the most destructive explosive ever devised by man. A single one of our newly developed atomic bombs is actually the equivalent in explosive power to what 2,000 of our giant B-29s can carry on a single mission.” This quote describes how the U.S had created “the most destructive explosive ever devised by man” and that they were not afraid to use it on the people of Japan a second time.
(History in Hiroshima) The meeting between them is very marked by the recriminations and the great suspicions between the Americans and the Soviets. The large Russian armies that were occupying most of Eastern Europe. “Truman and many of his advisers hoped that the United States atomic monopoly might offer diplomatic leverage with the Soviets.”(WWII Part 4) In this way, the explosion of the atomic bomb in Japan can be seen as the first of many shots of the Cold War. (The Hiroshima Bombing) If all US officials really believed that they could use their great atomic monopoly to gain more diplomatic advantage, they had very little time to put their plan into action and do it successfully. In 1949, the Soviets had developed their own atomic bomb and began the nuclear arms
Section A Plan of Investigation I have always felt very strongly opposed to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan. While reading The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, I came across a chapter that focused on ‘atomic diplomacy’ and was immediately interested. I was surprised by the complicated politics of the decision and the people, government officials, military leaders, and scientists, who all had a role to play in this major event of history. I was particularly intrigued by James Byrnes, the Secretary of State in Truman’s cabinet, who the authors seemed to indicate heavily impacted Truman and his decision to use the atomic bomb. Thus, the purpose of this investigation is to evaluate to what extent James Byrnes, the Secretary of State in Truman’s cabinet, influenced President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan by analyzing published works from historians.
One of the most influential scientists of his century, Albert Einstein, will forever be the cause of nuclear warfare. It is hard to predict that a successful scientist could be responsible for millions of deaths. Despite having the best intentions, Einstein prompted the United State’s race to nuclear arms. With his signature on a letter warning the United States of Germany’s false progression of their atomic research influenced the government 's decision to create an atomic bomb which would be used later to destroy a japanese city, resulting in millions of deaths. Due to Albert Einstein 's fear for the safety of the United States, he prompted the destruction of other nations.
On August 2, prominent scientist Albert Einstein wrote a letter to president Franklin D. Roosevelt warning about the implications of nuclear technology. In the letter, Einstein stated that extremely powerful bombs could be constructed from radioactive elements like uranium. Einstein also informed Roosevelt that German scientists were already trying to develop such a weapon. Einstein along with other U.S. feared what would happen if Nazi Germany developed an atomic weapon. Two years later, Roosevelt authorized the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
“How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” or as it’s known as “Dr. Strangelove” is considered one of the greatest American movies from the 1900s. It was published in 1964 and was categorized a comedy film. It was mainly about the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. The story of the movie was about a crazy United States Air Force General, who wanted to start a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union.