We’re beginning our inquiry into the endgame of WWII and the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. Our essential question is complex in it’s simplicity: was the U.S. government justified in dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan? We will use the following documents to help us answer that question, and this worksheet – WWII Endgame and Fallout– to organize our ideas, and then break into groupsdepending on the stances students take on the question.
- Fan Yew Tang on the Bomb
- “800 Meters from the Hypocenter:” A Survivor’s Experience
- President Truman Reflects on the Use of the Bomb: Jan. 12, 1953
- President Truman Reflects on Nagasaki – Aug. 9, 1945
- “The Nuclear August of ’45:” A U.S. Soldier on Hiroshima After the Bomb
- American Soldier Paul Fussell: “Thank God for the Bomb”