How Did The Atomic Bomb Affect Our Society

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Atomic Domination The Race for the Atomic Bomb Kiran Raja 3/12/11 TB: 2 & 5 Ms. Smith and Ms Lafayette It was 8:15 A.M. on a chilly, unsuspecting morning (Fromm). Forty seven seconds later, 75,000 people died (Fromm). On August 6, 1945, the citizens of Hiroshima went on as usual, assuming they were safe from the fighting in their homely city. Little did they know their world would be altered eternally by the weapon that ruined their lives. With the ability to inspire fear and cause mass destruction, the atomic bomb still haunts the world today. Achieving atomic fission was the first step in creating the weapon of annihilation known as the atomic bomb. Enrico Fermi began experimenting with this idea,…show more content…
Japan was warned of the attack, but the country did not back down. On August 6, 1945, “Little Boy’ plummeted on Hiroshima. Three days later, the “Fat Man” plutonium bomb razed the city of Nagasaki (Kidd-62). As President Harry Truman predicted, the eruptions ended the war. More lives would be saved by shortening the war, Truman adamantly argued (Uschan-54). For the soldiers fighting in Japan, the bomb was their savior (Kaledin-48). Rejoicing in the idea of a weapon that could end battlefield suffering, the United States believed the bomb’s establishment was a symbol of world peace. By working together to invent this armament, scientists from different countries showed they were capable of interacting with each other with civility (Kaledin-47). It wasn’t so much a sign of tranquility as it was an end to the United States’ vision of world unity. Instigating the Atomic Age, the atomic bomb disaster in Japan was the commencement of a dark time…show more content…
“I found myself accepting whatever was told to me with equanimity and a detachment I would have never believed possible…I felt lonely, but it was an animal loneliness. I became part of the darkness of the night…,” quoted Hiroshima bomb survivor, Dr. Hachiya (Steele). Burns, fires, and radiation-related diseases hovered over the survivors. Compared to the mental and emotional ailments, the physical damages were nothing. Images of death combines with nightmares disturbed the citizens relentlessly (Chaitin-1). Life itself was a struggle because they felt guilty they had lasted while others had not. Economically, the living had the inability to hold a job down. Most refused to even leave their homes for fear of another assailment (Chaitin-2). Social rejection was a constant worry, so survivors kept their history a secret (Chaitin-1). Acknowledgement for the crimes committed against them was their most fervent wish (Chaitin-2). Little did they know, along with the rest of the world, an even deadlier weapon was being created just after the initial

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