Atomic Bomb Debate
On July 16, 1945 “The Gadget”, a test atomic bomb, was detonated in northern
New Mexico. One witness and creator, Isidor Rabi, felt, “The equilibrium in nature had
been upset—as if humankind had become a threat to the world it inhabited.” The atomic
bomb was undoubtedly a great force. Only one month later the U.S. decided to drop
atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The consequence of these attacks was
devastating and over 200,000 people died from the bomb and its associated effects.
However, the atomic bombs did end the war in the Pacific and WWII.
Your job is to examine the events leading up to the atomic bombs and explore the
reasons why the U.S. decided to drop the atomic bombs. Once you have done so, you will
then formulate a plan of action either agreeing or disagreeing with the dropping of the
In your plan, give at least 3 key reasons to support your point. We will form into
groups of three and each group member must contribute with at least one key reason for
their plan. Once all groups are done with their plans they will present them to the class.
The debate will be Friday, February 3, 2012.
Team Name and Student’s Names:
Three Key Reasons: