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One-Day Seminar: The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb hosted by Teaching American History (Held Online)
May 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:45 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.
This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings (found here), and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore, are highly encouraged to read all the documents in advance and come ready with questions. All attendees will receive a Letter of Attendance at the end of the seminar.