To What Extent Were The Bombings Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki Justified From The Perspective Of The Americans?

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Introduction
In 1945 the United States took part in conflict with the Japanese as a result of the atrocities that took place at Pearl Harbor. A significant amount of Japanese civilians were wounded as a direct result of the bombings. The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the Americans were spaced out by two days as they occurred on August 6th and August 9th respectively. As a result, approximately 200,000 Japanese were wounded with 130,000 fatalities . Both Hiroshima and Nagasaki were large and diverse cities that fostered the majority of Japans industrial sector in 1945 so a large scale attack such as this one had very noticeable effects on the country of Japan and their people for years to come . This investigation seeks to answer the question, too what extent were the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified from the perspective of the Americans?
Relations between the Americans, Russians and the Japanese were integral in assessing the necessity of the nuclear bombs. Although the war had lasted for an immense amount of time the American public was generally not in favor of using atomic weapons . The American government needed to justify the amount of money that they used to fund the Manhattan project. The landscape of war was also changed in the process of using the atomic weapons. The redeeming quality of the bombs for the general public, was the fact that they would shorten the conflict with Japan and save American lives. In the process millions of…

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