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 atomic bombs. 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: 1. 2. 3. Action Plan: Three Key Reasons: 1. 2. 3.
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