It is one of (if not THE) the most important single decisions of the 20th century (source, source). The short term and long term impact of the use of the atomic bomb have been debated since August of 1945. On Friday, we will be discussing and debating the use of atomic weapons to end to the Pacific War in World War II. To prepare for our combination class, use the following material online and any other reliable information you discover to develop an option on the use of atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
GET THE BASIC FACTS – Use your “You Decide” handout and the video below to get an overview of the event. You can also consult The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from the History Channel. You should all know the basics facts behind the event.
EXAMINE THE OPINIONS – Perspectives on the bomb are all over the internet, both scholarly and not so scholarly. You can start taking some notes on the two sides of the story using the resources below.
- “A Biography of America – Chapter 23 The Atom Bomb
- Should Truman Have Used the Atomic Bomb?
- The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb – Arguments in Support, Arguments Against
- Perspectives on Dropping the Bomb
- The Decision to Drop the Bomb
- Truman Library – Documents about the Decision
- Was the US justified in dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
- Harry S Truman’s Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
- Debate over the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
PREPARE YOUR ARGUMENTS
We will have a discussion/debate in combo classes on Friday. To prepare, you should develop THREE CLAIMS about the decision to use atomic weapons, supported by evidence and reasoning you will have the opportunity to discuss your opinion about the use of atomic weapons by the United States at the end of World War II. TWO CLAIMS should be on one side of the debate, and ONE CLAIM should be on the opposing side.
You will be able to choose your side when you come to class on Friday – and that choice can be either side, no matter how many claims you have for your choice. Our goal is to examine this controversial subject completely, and your goal is to express your perspective clearly.