Truman’s decision to drop the bomb

Background history

Progressive magazine article

Where do you get your information to make a decision?

Cabinet – people – scientist – military – solo

MacArthur predicts 500,000 more American casualties and 18 more months of war

(less than 200,000 in 4 years)

Options: drop them – pull out – conventional war

August 6, 1945 at 8:15am we dropped a bomb on Hiroshima

August 8, 1945 Russia enters the war against Japan

August 9, 1945 we drop a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki

August 15, 1945 Japan surrenders