The History Of Dropping The Atomic Bomb

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Jack Kiernan Mr. Cook History 9 April 29, 2014 Atomic Bomb World War Two, also known as the most destructive enterprise in human history. The start of this gory blood shed was on September 1, 1939, and the end of this war was the year of 1945. The participation of America in World War Two was four bloody years and the losses were mounting and saw no end in sight. The estimated amount of deaths during the war was 40-50 million, this did not only make it the bloodiest war in history but the largest war in history. Dropping the atomic bomb was necessary for the United States because it saved thousands of American lives, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and killed thousands of Americans, and it was the only way to end the war On December 7, 1941 the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had occurred. The attack was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy and caused the death of more than 2,300 Americans. The attack on Pearl Harbor later lead the United States to enter the largest war in history. The United States started looking into atomic weapons because they knew they needed a quick, efficient way to get Japan to surrender and end the war. The atomic bomb was a 2 billion dollar effort that was approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. Work on the atomic bomb was first began in Los Alamos in New Mexico. The wartime race for an atomic weapon began in Germany in 1938, this gave the United States the idea and motivation to build it before Germany. The United States made the decision to drop the bomb on two cities in Japan called Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many people believe dropping the atomic bomb was not necessary. When the United States was debating whether or not to use the atomic bomb they had ... ... middle of paper ... ...tact with them, while this happened the Japanese were more worried about what just happened to Hiroshima. This did not take the Japanese minds of off winning the war, this caused the United States to drop the bomb on Nagasaki, after this they surrendered. It was not enough with one atomic bomb, this goes to show that the Japanese would risk anyones lives to be victorious. This is why it was so critically for the United States to drop the bombs when they did. If they did not the war would have continued on more many more years. The United States was never supposed to contribute to the casualties of World War 2, since the Japanese attacked the United States they became apart of this bloody war. When the United States was in the midst of making the decision President Franklin D. Roosevelt died and then Harry Truman took office, this slowed down the process minimally.
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