Student First and Last Names: ___________jonathan westbrook ______________ Seat number: 30__________
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Modern World History
The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb
Value: 100 Points (Project grade)
Issued: Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Due by 2: 30pm, Monday, 2 June 2014
If turned in by 2: 30pm Tuesday, 3 June 2014, -50 points
PROJECTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER 3 JUNE 2014
Overall concept: Many historians would state that President Truman’s decision to drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan ended World War II in the Pacific as well as strengthened the US against a growing threat of a new enemy, the Soviet Union. The United States is the only nation on Earth to use nuclear weapons. Even today, the decision is considered controversial. Tens of thousands of people died either as a direct result of the bombing or from the effects of nuclear fallout and radiation.
Project Description: First, you will provide a brief biography of Truman and his path to the Presidency. Second, your essay will then analyze Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb, determine whether it was the best possible decision to make to end the war against Japan. Third and finally, you will determine whether Truman’s decision actually strengthened the US against the growing threat of the Soviet Union or determine that this decision helped to cause the “Cold War” between the US and USSR.
Value: The grade that you receive on this essay will be added to the grade that you receive on the selected response portion of the Unit 7 Test-that will be your unit 7 test grade. See Unit 7 test instructions for use of stars for exemptions.
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