Since Japan did the bombing in Pearl Harbor, many Americans believed that Japanese Americans could not be trusted. Japanese fought because there was “A Tremendous Hole” in the Constitution and they would not tolerate being treated as less than a citizen. By the end of the war in Europe, the soldiers in 442nd, consisting most of Japanese Americans, were told by President Truman “you fought for the free nations of the world…you fought not only the enemy, you fought prejudice-and you won” (Takaki 349). Yet discrimination still existed. African Americans found themselves being targeted by hate crimes and violence.
Likewise, both of the powers had to dismantle their colonies and ended their overseas and territorial empire. The war had demonstrated the European’s weakness and in the post war, uprisings happened especially in the East Asia that major aim was to achieve independence from the rule of the European. Economically, World War II boosted the United States economy. It ended their Great Depression. This was because there were an increase in their productions and employments in the production of war supplies.
The Use of the Atomic Bomb The question is asked, Should have the United States used the Atomic Bomb to end WWII? My answer is absolutely, without a doubt, and my reasons are as follows. First off the world had been at war for over a decade (including German and Japanese aggressions prior to 1939). The United States had been at war in two theaters and had lost over 400,000 men (and women). As the war ended in Europe the U.S. focus was on Japan.
Since the propaganda became a no brainer to many Americans, Citizens immediately began to apply in the army. This event lead to a drastic turn in the war, as the Allied powers were losing the war. The U.S. began to win battles, the Allied powers began to gain the upper hand on Axis powers. After years of war, the U.S. finally avenged Japan by dropping the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan. Then dropping the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, leading to Japan's
Other causes of the bombing of Pearl Harbour consist of the harsh impact the Great Depression (1929-1939) and the freezing of assets and exports from USA on Japan. Significant consequences on people and groups in society include the most apparent- the loss of naval vessels, aircraft and life as an immediate response of the bombing. The war in the Pacific was as a result of the bombing of Pearl Harbour making that a second consequence. This meant that New Zealand was threatened which caused us to revaluate our international relations, another consequence. The final and quite possibly the most damaging consequence of the bombing of Pearl Harbour was the USA nuclear attack on Japanese cities Nagasaki and Hiroshima which in theory resulted in the end of the second world war.
The Effect of World War II on American Culture The Second World War was a time of tremendous change throughout the globe. This was no different in the United States, where cultural effects shaped a generation and contributed significantly to a national identity that still has remnants in American culture today. Among the myriad of changes experienced by Americans during this time was a massive shift in the industrial complex, a dramatic reimagining of the role of women in society, and the development of new racisms and stereotypes within the national discourse. The United States’ initial preparation for defense of a potential Nazi attack and preparation for a future overseas engagement required a massive restructuring of the nation’s industrial aims. Peacetime industry began to give way to wartime endeavors.
The once efficient city of Hiroshima was devastated by the violent detonation of the Atom bomb that soon engulfed and destroyed much of it. The nation of Japan was strong and powerful during the crisis of the World War. The United States had come to fear the economic power of the city of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the conflict with Japan. At this time during the war(1945), the Manhattan Project was ready for the first payload of the most powerful bomb in the history of mankind. The city of Hiroshima was the primary target.
Even after the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8th, the war against Japan continued. The United States threatened to destroy Japan in the Potsdam declaration, but this threat was ignored by the Japanese. This prompted the use of the atom bomb. The first atom bomb was dropped on Heroshima on August 6. Three days later, another atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
World War II was a disastrous, worldwide conflict that affected all the corners of the earth. Even after VE day in Europe, the war continued for more than 3 months, until VJ day in mid-August of 1945. This war in Japan ended a short time after the atomic bombing of two cities in Japan. However, the decision to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima was a diplomatic measure calculated to intimidate the Soviet Union in the post Second World War era, rather than a strictly military measure designed to force Japan’s unconditional surrender. The US at the time of the bombing of Hiroshima was led by Harry S. Truman, who had been pushed into the position of leadership by the death of Roosevelt.
The atomic bombs were dropped on the sixth and the ninth of August in the year 1945. The estimated death count of civilians from Hiroshima and Nagasaki shot up to a depressing number of 220,000. Six days after the bomb was dropped in Nagasaki, Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers, which officially ended the Pacific War and therefore concluded World War II. In the book Hiroshima, John Hersey expounds the severity of a war, vindicating how combat brutally affects the lives of civilians. Throughout his heart-touching novel, Hiroshima, John Hersey clearly makes known through the text’s influential characters, disturbing plot, and detailed setting, that he was strongly against the decision to drop the bomb.