Dropping the Atomic Bombs on Japan was a Necessary Evil
Dropping of the Atomic Bomb - Social Studies help
One incensed reader of the article was , who was the USA's ambassador to Japan from 1932 until the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. Grew was in intimate contact with Truman and Stimson and was behind the effort to put language into the Potsdam Declaration that Japan could retain its imperial family. Grew strongly believed that if Japan had been given assurances regarding their emperor's status, it would have surrendered months before the USA dropped the atom bombs. Grew confronted Stimson regarding that glaring omission in the article. While defending himself, Stimson wrote to Grew in the wake of the article that those who decided to bomb Hiroshima were "very fine men," but they "should have known better."
Dropping the Bomb: A Historiographical Review of the …
The Manhattan Project was history's biggest science project to that time (exceeded only by the ), and used about 600,000 Americans in various aspects of it, and it was top-secret. Virtually no Americans knew anything about the Manhattan Project until those bombs were dropped on Japan. Richard Rhodes's is the defining history of the Manhattan Project. The entire Manhattan Project was classified for many years. Not until 1960 were the informal names of the bombs, Fat Man and Little Boy, declassified. To the day that I wrote this in 2014, the used to refine the uranium for the bombs remains classified. Also, what been declassified often . Japanese officials destroyed most of their records at World War II's end, to prevent them from being used in war crimes trials. Consequently, any historian who tries creating a picture of what really happened is assembling a jigsaw puzzle with many critical and incriminating pieces missing. With those caveats, I will briefly explore the decision to drop the atom bombs.