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The Atomic Bomb


Documents from the Truman Library, Einstein’s letter to F.D.R., the scientists’ petition against use of the bomb, and the official bombing order will surely stimulate class discussion. Five Broadsheets and a timeline illuminate events surrounding our entry into the Atomic Age. Historian: Michael J. O’Neill. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • War in the Pacific
  • The Manhattan Project
  • The Diplomatic Scene in 1945
  • Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Postwar Debate
Timeline: 1931–1945 Historical Documents
  • Letter: Albert Einstein to President Franklin Roosevelt, 1939.
  • U.S. anti-Japanese poster.
  • Ralph Bard memo on using atomic bomb, June 1945.
  • Petition from scientists urging President Truman not to use the bomb, July 1945.
  • Truman diary entry on the bomb and his resolve to use it.
  • Bombing order to Army Air Force, July 1945.
  • Truman letter to wife on negotiations at Potsdam, July 1945.
  • Statement by President, August 6, 1945, about bombing.
  • Poster, newspaper articles on Hiroshima blast, Japan’s surrender, and the end of the war, August 7 & 15, 1945.
  • Cable, Senator Russell to Truman, urging Japan be dealt with harshly, Truman’s response, August 1945.
  • Cable, Samuel Calvert to Truman expressing concern over atomic bombs, and Truman’s response, August 1945.
  • Resolution of Hiroshima, 1958.
  • Truman’s handwritten notes on use of nuclear weapons.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

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