Harry S Truman's Decision To Drop The Atomic Bomb Essay
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Annotated Bibliography: Was dropping the atomic bombs in WWII justified?
“Harry S Truman’s Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb.” National Park Service, https://www.nps.gov/articles/trumanatomicbomb.htm
The U.S. National Park Service reports former U.S. president Harry S Truman's decision to drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II in August of 1945. Harry S Truman was trying to get Japan to surrender, and he had a few options. Either bomb Japan with conventional bombs, invade Japan, demonstrate the atomic bomb on an unpopulated area, or use the atomic bomb on a populated area. Truman decided that the best option was to drop the atomic bomb on a populated area. The two populated areas chosen were Hiroshima…show more content… It was early in the morning and Shizuko Yamasaki was giving her two-year-old son Atsunori breakfast when a strange light filtered through the kitchen window. It hit Atsunori in the eyes. She held him tight as the bomb went off and the house collapsed. Shizuko thought she was going to die, but she dug herself and her son out of the rubble and they didn’t see Hiroshima- they saw a wasteland of what looked like ghosts. Buildings were destroyed, dead bodies were everywhere, and those who survived had skin hanging from their bodies. Soon after the blast, their hair began to fall out and Atsunori developed a nose-bleeding problem. Around eight years later, when Atsunori was in fifth grade, Shizuko noticed something was wrong with his eyes. He was losing his sight. He had to go to a school for the blind. In the early 80's, Atsunori had problems with speaking and walking. Doctors said it was due to a cerebellum disorder, which is a problem with the brain. Although Shizuko is old, she says she can't die and leave her son the way he is. Although the war ended so many years ago, she and her son still feel the terrible affects every