Dropping The Atomic Bomb On Japan

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Natalie Schwartz Intercultural Communication COM 213- Jean DeNiro Historical Perspective Paper Fall 2011 Pace University November 29th, 2011 On August 6th, 1945 the United States used nuclear weapons to bomb the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Just three days later, on August 9th, 1945 they bombed Hiroshima. This was the first and only time nuclear weapons have been utilized during war. Most Americans supported President Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan because it was for the purpose of saving lives and ending the war in order to prevent a land invasion. Americans were also horrified at the event of Pearl Harbor, a naval base on the southern coast of Hawaii, was attacked by Japanese planes, causing the United States to…show more content…
The people who are questioning Truman’s motives are known as Revisionists, because they attempt to revise common perceptions of history, coming up with alternate theories and motives. These people believe that Truman had ulterior motives for dropping the bombs. Most people that were alive at the time of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings believe that Truman decided to drop the atomic bombs solely for military reasons. Dropping the bombs saved many American lives considered there would be no need for a land invasion of…show more content…
Some say President Truman’s decision was a valid one, preventing an invasion of Japan, therefore; saving many American lives. Other Americans, known as revisionists, think that Truman had ulterior motives when dropping the atomic bombs. Japanese people want to forget about the events completely. They don’t even let their children know what happened. This shows how American and Japanese cultures differ completely. American children are taught to express themselves and we teach them about their history because it is who they are, while Japanese think exposing their children to certain tragedies is wrong. Works Cited "Eyewitness Account of Atomic Bomb Over Nagasaki | The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki | Historical Documents | Atomicarchive.com." Atomicarchive.com: Exploring the History, Science, and Consequences of the Atomic Bomb. Web. 20 Nov. 2011. . "Hiroshima 60 Years On: 'I Don't Blame Them but I Hope They Mourn the Dead' | World News | The Observer." Latest News, Sport and Comment from the Guardian | The Guardian. Web. 20 Nov. 2011. . "Hiroshima: A Survivor's Story." Scholastic | Children's Books and Book Club | Scholastic.com. Web. 20 Nov. 2011. . "Hiroshima: Quotes." Hiroshima: Was It Necessary? The Atomic Bombing of Japan. Web. 20 Nov. 2011. . "Was Hiroshima Necessary?" Institute for Historical Review. Web. 20 Nov. 2011.
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