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What Do You Think? Dropping the A-bombs to End World War II (WW2)

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US History +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Post-Secondary
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 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 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"

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Churchill, Truman and Stalin at Potsdam

National Portrait Gallery

Untitled (Hercules)

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J. I. Tracy and Others Pose with Coral Specimens

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Nuclear Testing, Bikini Island

National Museum of American History


Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Effects of Nuclear Weapons

National Museum of American History

Nuclear Bomb Effects Computer

National Museum of American History

Nuclear Theater in Europe

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Family Fallout Shelter

National Museum of American History

Ban the A-Bomb

Smithsonian American Art Museum