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World War II: Atomic Bombs

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Social Studies +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Students will develop and defend a claim surrounding the following question:

Was the use of the atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified?

Instructions:

Progress through the resources in this collection in order (in the order you would read them). Some resources will have additional questions or resources. The resources with an orange box require you to submit a response to a free response question. In some cases, a link is provided under the paperclip tab, which will provide you with additional information on the subject.

The Atomic Blast on Bikini Atoll from Sea Level

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

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

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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