Harry Truman: The Atomic Bomb Essay

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President Harry Truman, 33rd president of the United States, had to face one of the most effective decisions of mankind. The atomic bomb was first served as an idea which was created underneath the United States government. With a nuclear weapon like the atomic bomb, came great responsibility. The idea of how to use and regulate the bomb was not yet implemented. Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb changed the way Americans thought about war because of its traumatic after effects.
Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration the atomic bomb was being developed. After Roosevelt died, his vice president Harry Truman was appointed President of the United States. Truman was never informed about the bombs development until an
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The decision was finally made, Truman declared that the bomb was going to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Truman and his collaborators were doing the unthinkable, they were gambling with the near future (Kuznick 3). The embracing of the nuclear weapons for defense would then turn into great fatal casualties which was warned by critics (Powers 1).
The world was informed on August 6, 1945, United States president Harry Truman had dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima (Donohue 1). Since the attack was a surprise, the citizens of Japan had not taken shelter. The attack was only forty-five minutes after the Japanese people sounded the "all clear" alarm from a previous alert that day. About 245,000 Japanese citizens had been present in the city at the time of the attack (Clancey 1-2). Hovering over Hiroshima was a bomb, of 200,000 tons of TNT, called ‘Little Boy’ which destroyed most of the city of Hiroshima (Donohue 1). This was the first massive weapon to explode over the city that had countless of attacks. Two to three hours later after the explosion a "fire-wind" at a great speed of thirty to forty miles per hour appeared over the city (Clancey 1) . Hiroshima was one of the largest cities in Japan with a population greater than 340,000 and home to their Regional and Second Army (2). Nagasaki was a city in Japan that was familiar with attacks (3). On August 9, the second

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