The Effects Of The World's First Atomic Bomb

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The second world war pits the United States against Japan in some of the most bitter fighting in the history of warfare. Thousands of lives are being lost, and billions of dollars are being put into developing a weapon that would halt the warfare. What many may not know is, that this was an arms race more dangerous than that of the Cold War. Japan was also working nonstop in an attempt to create a nuclear bomb to wipe the U.S. out of the war and off the map as a world power. Despite their best efforts, the United States prevailed. On August 6th, 1945, an American B-29 bomber drops the world’s first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The nuclear explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city’s population. A mere three days later, another atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. On August 15th, Japan’s emperor Hirohito announces the surrender of his country.…show more content…
Einstein writes a letter to the American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, stating that German and Japanese forces were developing a bomb that utilized uranium. After F.D.R. died tragically of a cerebral hemorrhage, President Harry S. Truman is faced with a dilemma. Truman can either face Japanese invasion of the homefront and risk American death, or he can drop two bombs that will devastate Japan and end the war. With a heavy heart and many critics he chooses the latter. After the threat of more atomic bombs being released on Japan, they surrender six days
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