7.05 Dropping the Atomic Bomb NOTES - 7.05 Dropping the Atomic Bomb What was the Potsdam Declaration The bombing took place after the United States had

7.05 Dropping the Atomic Bomb NOTES - 7.05 Dropping the...

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7.05: Dropping the Atomic Bomb What was the Potsdam Declaration? The bombing took place after the United States had issued the Potsdam Declaration , an ultimatum to Japan on July 26th that threatened prompt and utter destruction if the Japanese did not surrender. What was the Manhattan Project? These weapons had been developed as part of a secret government project called the Manhattan Project—a program established by President Franklin Roosevelt in June of 1942 specifically to develop an atomic bomb. Why did President Truman decide to drop the atomic bombs on Japan instead of invading Japan? Truman wanted to avoid an invasion of Japan because it would be extremely costly, difficult, and simply horrible. It also meant the loss of many more American lives since the Japanese attacks were so brutal. Truman hoped that the use of the bomb would and its astonishing effects would be enough for Japan to surrender and they would not have to invade them.
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