Nuclear Weapons And Its Impact On The United States Essay example

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Nuclear weapons have been around for less than 100 years and yet they are the central focus around war and violence as more and more countries are implementing nuclear weapons in their main military strategies. In 1938, 3 chemists in Berlin discovered the power to construct nuclear weapons when they split the uranium atom (cite). In 1939, physicist Albert Einstein, concerned about the rise of Hitler, sent a letter to President Theodore Roosevelt warning him of this discover and the horrific implications of it if the power ended up in the wrong hands. This ultimately led to what is known as the Manhattan Project and the United States scientific and military efforts to be the first country to build an atomic bomb. They succeeded on July 16th, 1945 when the first nuclear bomb was tested in New Mexico. Just 3 weeks later, on August 6th the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan and again three days later on Nagasaki, Japan. These two bombs resulted in the destruction of entire cities and over 279,000 killed or wounded innocent men, women, and children. It also resulted in the end of World War II when the Japanese surrendered on 5 days later on August 14th. Following the end of World War II, multiple countries including, the United States, the Soviet Union, and ally countries fought in a nuclear arms race for nuclear warfare supremacy which ultimately lead to the Cold War in 1949 when the Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb. The Cold War…

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