Monthly Archives: September 2017

Basic Facts: The Atom Bombs of WW2

The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the first of their kind, and up to the present day, the only time they have ever been used in war time. The story surrounding “the decision to drop the bomb” has been rehashed many times in the decades since. The high school-textbook-summary maintains that the …

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Cece Burger: Why the United States Dropped Atomic Bombs in 1945, By David Kaiser

In my search for a new resource that addressed the question of why the United States decided to use the atomic bomb in 1945, I found an intriguing article by historian David Kaiser from Time magazine. Kaiser is a frequent contributor to Time, is the author of seven books, and has taught at Harvard, Carnegie …

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“I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful Rebukes.”

When we think of World War Two, we are often greeted with imagery of patriotism, immense struggle for the greater good, and the triumph of democracy over those who would oppress and conquer. We see Marines raising the Stars and Stripes over Iwo Jima, Patton standing stoically on the slopes of Italy’s mountains, or the …

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Delanie Tarvin: An Analysis of “The Debate About Hiroshima”

In “The Debate About Hiroshima,” Rudolph A. Winnacker compares different views on the use of the atomic bomb on Japan. He offers a brief outline on his interpretation of the argument between those in support of the bombs use and those against it. In regards to the opposition, Winnacker explains that they thought use of …

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