Dropping The First Atomic Bomb Essay

774 Words Mar 13th, 2016 4 Pages
On August 6, 1946 America dropped the first Atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Three days later we dropped another atomic bomb over the city of Nagasaki. The death toll for these atomic bombs is estimated at around one hundred and sixty thousand people. (722) I wanted to find some understanding of how our government could order the death sentence of this caliber.
Within my search I came across this article explaining the process that lead up to the ultimate decision of dropping the first atomic bomb. This led you through who made up the committees and what details were talked about during the meetings. These glimpses into the actual meeting notes bring a bit of light into a decision that changed history. Within our reading, we read the basics about how this decision of “massive devastation” (722) was ordered. We read that Truman gave the order after counseling from advisors about other options. Yet with the article you get to learn a bit more about that time before the order was given. With the facts we have today it gives us a glimpse into the thought process the advisors and Truman were using.
The first interesting fact to me was the people of Japan did not seem to be a consideration within the location of the attack. Within the Manhattan Project a main group, consisting of the most knowledgeable, made up a unit called the Target Committee. They were searching for the answer to one question, “which of the preserved Japanese cities would best…

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