Washington, dc, august 5, 2005-sixty years ago this month, the united states dropped atomic bombs on hiroshima and nagasaki, the soviet union declared war on japan, and the japanese government surrendered to the united states and its allies the nuclear age had truly begun with the first military use of atomic weapons. Page 493 chapter 23 the decision to use the atomic bomb by louis morton (see chapter one for information on the author) on 6 august 1945 the united states exploded an atomic bomb over hiroshima and revealed to the world in one blinding flash the start of the atomic age. President barack obama became the first sitting us president to visit hiroshima, japan, on friday the president's historic visit took place 71 years after the us dropped an atomic bomb on the.
By bill dietrich seattle times staff reporter historians are still divided over whether it was necessary to drop the atomic bomb on japan to end world war ii. In recent years, many academics and others have condemned president truman's decision to use the atomic bomb on the japanese cities of hiroshima and nagasaki as unnecessary and immoral. The decision to use the atomic bomb and the architecture of an american myth by gar alperovitz with the assistance of sanho tree, edward rouse winstead, kathryn c morris, david j williams, leo.
Fifty years after the b-29 superfortress enola gay was used to drop an atomic bomb on hiroshima, the decision that ushered in the nuclear age is still the subject of fierce historical debate. Truman was right to drop the atom bomb one of the most controversial issues of the twentieth century is the decision by president truman to use the atomic bomb on hiroshima and nagasaki in doing so he may have saved millions of lives but he ushered in the start of the nuclear age that still casts its shadow. Since japan was economically and militarily devastated by the late summer of 1945, the use of the atomic bombs on japan was unnecessary and unwarranted in bringing about a conclusion to the war in the pacific. In february 2013, the atomic heritage foundation hosted a workshop funded by the national science foundation in this session, historians richard rhodes, j samuel walker, peter kuznick, and others debate whether dropping the bomb was necessary to ending the war.
For truman, the choice whether or not to use the atomic bomb was the most difficult decision of his life first, an allied demand for an immediate unconditional surrender was made to the leadership in japan. Many people detested the use of the atomic bombs as the mass murder of civilians was believed to be an inhumane act the aim of this investigation is to find out whether america’s decision to drop the atomic bombs on japan was justified. For years debate has raged over whether the us was right to drop two atomic bombs on japan during the final weeks of the second world war the first bomb, dropped on the city of hiroshima on 6 august 1945, resulted in a death toll of around 135,000. Opponents of the use of the atomic bomb site this as one of their central arguments they argue that in retrospect, the soviet knowledge about the nuclear project rendered the bombing useless from a strategic point of view.
The atomic bomb was a neccessary horror japan was prepared to keep fighting, prepared to accept massive amounts of military casualties knowing that the loss of personnel among the allies would be equal in number. Over the next two days you will be debating the use of the atomic bomb on hiroshima and nagasaki, japan, and determining whether it was a necessary display of force did the bombs, as horrific as they were, actually save lives. The question of whether use of the bomb was necessary haunts us because if the bombs were not necessary they were war crimes, something painful for americans to consider it is true that by the end of world war ii the lines between waging war and simply killing people in large numbers had been largely erased.
State your opinion on whether you feel that the us should have dropped the atomic bomb and the effects it had on the world debates would have been killed yes, it was terrible that so many people died, but in the end, it was what the us thought was necessary japan still didn't surrender after the first bomb was dropped, only after the. Us officials did not debate at length whether to use the atomic bomb against japan, but argued that it was a means to a faster end to the pacific conflict that would ensure fewer conventional war casualties. Although in later decades there was considerable debate about whether the bombings were ethically justified, virtually all of america’s political and military leadership, as well as most of those involved in the atomic bomb project, believed at the time that truman’s decision was correct. We may debate the morality of the choice, but history can show why american officials would have thought the bomb was necessary why the united states dropped atomic bombs in 1945 subscribe.
No other choice: why truman dropped the atomic bomb on japan truman and his advisers made the only decision they could have made indeed, considered in the context of world war ii, it wasn’t. Pros and cons of dropping the atomic bomb 8th social studies debate on the pros and cons of dropping the atomic bomb on japan historians are still divided over whether it was necessary to drop the atomic bomb on japan to end world war ii here is a summary of arguments on both sides. The motivation to use atomic bombs on the cities of hiroshima and nagasaki - debates on the use of the atomic bombs on the japanese cities of hiroshima and nagasaki have been active for decades and continue to this day.