Atomic Bomb Dbq Essay

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The United States decided to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in order to intimidate the Soviet Union in the post-Second-World-War era, rather than simply enforce Japan to surrender unconditionally. During the final stages of World War II the United States tragically but strategically dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. At the time and ever since then people have debated and analyzed the U.S.’s decision and why they did it. Some say it was to eliminate a large portion of Japan and force them to surrender immediately or as quickly as possible. Others argue that it was a trick to attempt to intimidate other enemies such as the Soviet Union. From my knowledge and with the help of specific documents, I believe…show more content…
Around this time America was starting to see the Japanese army improve. Their military forces had spread to multiple different places with a total number of around 5,000,000 men. (Doc A) Of that large number of men, the Japanese were relentless in fighting. Sacrificing their own men in suicide missions. This could have been one factor to what triggered the bombings. Along with this fact there have been multiple important people in the U.S. government who have spoken on the use of the atomic bombs as well. Harry S. Truman comments, “We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans.” (Doc H) This bold statement explains simply that the bomb was dropped to quickly eliminate enemies, which inevitably lead to safe lives of many American soldiers. Other similar meetings and speeches took place around this time but many say it could have had a different effect on the war. When America dropped the atomic bombs on Japan it was publically talked about in different ways as to why they did it. Prior to the atomic bombs, the U.S. had firebombed over 60 Japanese cities. Hundreds of thousands had been wounded or killed with millions of homes destroyed. (Doc B) Clearly this is a sign of downfall, which is why many believe the atomic bombs weren’t completely necessary. It is said that the
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