Bundle of 2 - World War II - Truman Drops the Atomic Bombs

Bundle of 2 - World War II - Truman Drops the Atomic Bombs
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This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentation on World War II – Truman’s Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs. The total number of slides in the presentations is 34. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.

Franklin Roosevelt was elected in November of 1944 to the office of president of the United States. Harry Truman served as his vice president just 82 days before Roosevelt died of a massive stroke. Truman was sworn in as president on April 12, 1945. With no prior experience in foreign policy, Truman was thrust into the role of commander in chief and charged with ending a world war.

In the 6 six months of his term, he announced the Germans’ surrender, dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending World War II, and signed the charter ratifying the United Nations. He is best remembered for his decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, ending World War II. Truman always maintained this was the correct decision and saved countless American lives.

His policy of communist containment started the Cold War, and he initiated U.S. involvement in the Korean War. Truman left office in 1953 and died in 1972.

Power point #1 is entitled, The United States & WW II - Political Leaders - Harry S Truman and contains 22 slides and covers the following:

Introduction
Early Years
Military Career
Man of Integrity
Truman: The Judge
Truman: The Senator
Pendergast Debacle
Truman: The Vice President
Truman: The President
The Atomic Bombs
Effects of the Bomb’s Blast
Cold War Begins
Reelection
The “Fair Deal”
Korean War
MacArthur Fired
Steel Strike
Supreme Court Ruling
Retirement & Death
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
Truman’s Critics
Other Criticism
Truman’s Justification
Demonstration Rejected
The Ethical Debate
End of Presentation

This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading... World War II.
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