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One-Day Seminar: Documents and Debates in American History: The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb hosted by Middle Georgia RESA (Held Online)
February 25 @ 3:45 pm - 5:35 pm
After Germany’s surrender on May 7, 1945, the war continued in the Pacific, as did planning for the invasion of Japan. Allied military leaders believed invasion was the only way to force the unconditional surrender of Japan. Invading Japan was likely to cause huge American casualties so in May of 1945, Secretary of War Henry Stimson set up a committee, chaired by Brigadier General Leslie Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer, charged with considering whether and how the atomic bomb should be used. Americans still debate whether the use of the bomb was warranted by the American desire to end the war.
Join us at the table as we discuss the history of this debate in the words of those who fought the political battle (find the readings here).