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How should we remember the bomb?

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US History +1 Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection asks students to create their own exhibit on a controversial subject: the use of atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II. Students will create a collection that includes five items reflecting their answers to the following questions:

-How should the bombing of Hiroshima be remembered?

-Was it necessary to drop the atomic bombs in order to end World War II?

Students should consider both long-term and short-term effects in their responses.


Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay"

National Air and Space Museum

Churchill, Truman and Stalin at Potsdam

National Portrait Gallery

Nuclear Testing, Bikini Island

National Museum of American History

Hiroshima

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Effects of Nuclear Weapons

National Museum of American History

Family Fallout Shelter

National Museum of American History

Ban the A-Bomb

Smithsonian American Art Museum

World Unity or Oblivion

Smithsonian American Art Museum

World War II, Pacific Theater, Japan, Toyko. [photograph]

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Honolulu World War II Memorial, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

The Peace Child of Hiroshima, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

World War II, Bombing, Japan, Hiroshima. [photograph]

National Air and Space Museum Archives