Secondary Source Analysis: The Search For Middle Ground

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1. In one to two paragraphs, summarize the secondary source for which you completed the Secondary Source Analysis Worksheet in learning block 2-4. Focus on the secondary source’s thesis, arguments, use of primary sources, potential biases, reliability, and usefulness to a beginning researcher.
In the article, the Search for Middle Ground written by J. Samuel Walker, the author J. Samuel Walker addresses a chronically and fueled debate between many well-known scholars about Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb. The argument debated between the older interpretation of the traditionalist and newer evidence brought to light by the revisionist 's scholars. Some of the fiercest debates raised by the revisionist were pulled from primary sources
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Samuel Walker could have shown some potential bias for the old traditionalist 's views and even the revisionist 's views. Walker, who was known for his research on nuclear and atomic energy was employed by the government and later on hired by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Even though Walker was connected with the government, the peace movement groups often cited his work. Therefore, being linked to both sides the government and the peace movement could have led to his article leaning in either direction. However, in this article, Walker was evenly balanced; he composed about the thoughts of other scholars and their interpretation of all the old documents, meeting notes, newer evidence that came up in the mid- 1990s on whether they agreed or disagreed to dropping the bomb. When Walker gave his opinion about the new evidence, he delivered the same results as the other scholars and came to a consensus that the bomb was not needed to avoid an invasion of Japan. However, A Search for Middle Ground is beneficial to all topics about WWll, because it furnishes a fuller position on the controversy around dropping the bomb and if the U.S government considered any long-term impact, which is, beneficial to all research about the outcome of the war. Therefore, this source is very reliable. J. Samuel Walker does not show any favoritism toward his position; he based the article on the facts provided throughout the …show more content…
However, Bernstein does present a little bias because he does not write about all the important facts about the meetings, and memoirs on how Truman felt that the Japanese would surrender, before Russia and the Soviets enter the war; he holds his own opinion to why the bomb was dropped. Whereas Alperovitz, and Messer, who are reliable authors, because they base their theory and pull all their evidence from diaries, documents, memoirs. Therefore, Marshall, Truman, and the Decision to drop the Bomb are a crucial article to all matters or topics concerning the facts around dropping the atomic bomb.
3. In one to two paragraphs, compare and contrast these two sources. Are the two sources’ theses or arguments compatible? Do they use the same or different primary sources? Is one source more reliable, in your estimation, then the other is? How do these two sources, combined, add to what you know about the research

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