President Truman recalls many of the successes and problems of the Potsdam Conference and the postwar world in his diary entries and letters to his wife, Bess Wallace Truman. Students are given the opportunity to examine these unique documents and argue about their validity as primary sources while learning about the Potsdam Conference.
Student will investigate and compare the personal experiences included in Rod Hersey; book Hiroshima with the first-hand account of American Nikolay Palchikoff’ visit to Hiroshima three weeks after the bomb.
Students will review primary source documents, secondary resources and related news articles and current events relating to the events and impact of the test of the atomic bomb at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on July 16, 1945.
Was Truman's Decision to Drop the Bomb, To End the War in the Pacific, Justified or Not?
Students will analysis and evaluate primary documents, videos, excerpts from newspapers and books, and then in groups will create a persuasive essay supporting their point of view, including quotations from the provided sources.
Re-Thinking the Dropping of the Atomic Bombs: Lesson 2
In this lesson students will continue with their examination of the dropping of the atomic bombs, this time focusing on varying historical perspectives. In particular this will include the Japanese perspective.