The Crossroads Analysis

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History gets to be defined and written by the victors and the people that were not involved are most likely to blindly follow what those people say. Americans have a pride about themselves that makes it necessary for them to always be on the right side of history, because that either means they were winning or they were right, and least if they were not they could make it seem like they were. One of these such moments was the events that took place before, during, and after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which serves as proud beacon of light that comes to warm American hearts as they think about their just triumph In World War II. From a base level any writer could talk about whether or not the history of the bombing glorifies the …show more content…
He then begins to focus on not the rest of the war but just the event that took place in his intro the bombing of Hiroshima and in consequent connection Nagasaki as well. It also focuses on the plane that dropped that bomb, the famous Enola Gay, and the ramifications of a Smithsonian exhibit called “The Crossroads: The End of World War II, the Atomic Bomb and the Cold War," Which was going to be used to show the different prospectives and controversies of the Atomic Bomb and Cold War affects on society. However this exhibit was met with much backlash from a lobbying group that wanted a certain pure and righteous version of the Enola Gay history presented, which was the icon of victory that signified the hundred-thousand American and innocent Japanese lives that it saved Americans from the Japanese evil. These lobbyist would denounce the people who were going to display the exhibit as revisionist which was used to connect a negative connotation to a certain historian. They would called this if they ever showed a different sort of opinion …show more content…
We see in this article that even things that we deem as great and show in a grand light as our proud history, there is still parts that we can find to question of our decisions. How and Why did we come to a decisions like this and what is the justification for the action that you take. Franklin writes in the article about the bomb, “The sacred gospel was that the atomic bomb ended World War II in a glorious American victory over fascism and saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of American soldiers” using this as an example of how the United States chose to hide the truth from its citizens. (Franklin) This is how many times we convince ourselves of things that we feel or wrong or can be perceived that way, because we all want to be on the right side of the story. When we commit an action we look for someway to make it seem that we were in the right of the decision. When criminals steal from other people many times they always have something to excuse themselves from blame. To many times we seem to allow ourselves to believe our own fake perfect world that we live in and that is the true danger. We seem to be in love with the image rathe than the truth and that is what we should truly

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