Truman: Deciding to Drop the Bomb
  • History → World War II → Atomic Bomb
President Truman is told the Atomic Bomb will soon be ready and debates using it against the Japanese. He considers what would happen both if he dropped the bomb and if he decided not to drop the bomb.

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  1. What is Truman told about the willingness of the Japanese to surrender?
  2. How do the scientists who developed this weapon feel about its usage in war?
  3. How does President Truman justify the potential use of the bomb?

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    explain how specific needs result in scientific discoveries and technological innovations in agricul...
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    evaluate the domestic and international leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman during ...
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    analyze major issues of World War II, including the Holocaust; the internment of German, Italian, an...
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    explain the major causes and events of World War II, including the German invasions of Poland and th...
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    explain the effects of major new military technologies on World War I, World War II, and the Cold War
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