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					The impact of the bomb through a
         documentary
The Documentary:

• Perspective of Historians
• Reflections from main participants
  – Oppenheimer and his brother, etc.
• Clips and descriptions of the effects of the
 bomb
  – Death and destruction
  – Power of the bomb (mushroom cloud)
(cont.)

• After Hiroshima
  – The Hydrogen Bomb
  – Arms Race
     • Soviet Union’s test of atomic bomb, hydrogen
       bomb
     • Up to the point documentary was filmed, 1,200
       nuclear bombs tested
Effects of Documentaries vs. Texts
“It treated humans as matter”
• “A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words”
• Puts a human face on the tragedy
  – Allows us to see the destruction while
    providing us the facts
  – Emotion of men involved
  – Visual images supplement words
  – Evokes sympathy for the Japanese people
    and American soldiers
The Strength Of Images
What else does a documentary do?

• Gives us insight into the thoughts of people
    involved through personal interviews
•   Captures the moment whereas texts are
    reflections
•   Allows for contrasting images
     – Cheering American soldiers vs. Devastated
       Japanese people, esp. CHILDREN
How Texts and Documentaries
Complement Each Other
• Together, the two combine both intellectual and
    emotional aspects of historical events
•   They bring together not only the facts of
    governmental policies but also the personal
    consequences of their implementation.
•   Texts choose quotations for their content
    whereas documentaries work to capture the
    emotional appeal.
Discussion Questions
• What image was the most evocative to you?
• Are there any other differences between
    documentaries and texts? Similarities?
•   Do you prefer documentaries to texts? Why or
    why not?
•   Did you learn anything new from the
    documentary?
•   Do you think the United States’ treatment of
    Oppenheimer was fair?

				
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