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Introduction

You Decide: Was President Truman correct in his decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Photo:  A dense column of smoke rises more than 60,000 feet into the air over the Japanese port of Nagasaki.


Few events in the annals of history are as controversial as the decision to drop atomic bombs on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in August 1945. Yet, at the time, there was great relief among Americans troops and civilians alike. These two bombs were the final, awesome events of World War II.

"The dropping of the bombs stopped the war, saved millions of lives...."

- President Harry Truman, 1959.


"The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all."

- Major General Curtis LeMay,
U. S. Army Air Force,
Sept. 20, 1945




Was President Truman correct in his decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

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