This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentation on World War II – The United States & the Atomic Bombs. The total number of slides in the presentations is 30. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
Early in 1939, the world's scientific community discovered that German physicists had learned the secrets of splitting a uranium atom. Fears soon spread over the possibility of Nazi scientists utilizing that energy to produce a bomb capable of unspeakable destruction. They believed that the Nazi’s would certainly use it on the civilian population of some large city, probably London, Moscow or on a large population of Jews.
Scientists Albert Einstein, who fled Nazi persecution, and Enrico Fermi, who had escaped Fascist Italy, were now living in the United States. They agreed that the President must be informed of the dangers of atomic technology in the hands of the Axis powers.
At first, FDR saw neither the necessity nor the utility for such a project, but agreed to proceed slowly.
Power point #1 is entitled, The United States & WW II - The Manhattan Project and contains 18 slides and covers the following:
Support of Albert Einstein
Presentation to Washington
The Project is Green Lighted
The Project is Advanced
Preparation For Testing
Should the Bomb Be Dropped?
Japan Refuses to Surrender
The Bombs Are Dropped
Bombing of Hiroshima
Bombing of Nagasaki
Effects of the Bomb Blasts
End of Presentation
When Harry Truman learned of the success of the Manhattan Project, he knew he was faced with a decision of unprecedented gravity. The capacity to end the war with Japan was in his hands, but it would involve unleashing the most terrible weapon ever known.
American soldiers and civilians were weary from 4 years of war, yet the Japanese military was refusing to give up their fight. American forces occupied Okinawa and Iwo Jima and were intensely fire bombing Japanese cities.
Japan had an army of 2 million strong stationed in the home islands guarding against invasion. Prolonging the war was not an option for the President. Over 3,500 Japanese kamikaze raids had already wrought great destruction and loss of American lives.
Truman stated that his decision to drop the bomb was purely military. A Normandy-type amphibious landing would have cost an estimated 1 million casualties. Truman believed that the bombs saved Japanese lives as well.
Power point #2 is entitled, The United States & WW II - The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs and contains 12 slides and covers the following:
America and the Bomb
Overtures to Japan
First Bomb Drop
Second Bomb Drop
The Ethical Debate
End of Presentation
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