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Joe Wallace English 101 11/13/07 Professor Wilson A World of Destruction World War II introduced the world to one of the most groundbreaking weapons ever conceived. It changed the way warfare was conducted and how power was perceived throughout nations around the globe. The atomic bomb directly affected the outcome of World War II and continued to shape post-war activities for decades. The weapon brought new meaning to the word “devastation” as Japan experienced first hand. The creation of the atomic bomb had a significant impact on the Cold War and created a period of great uncertainty. The impacts of the atomic bomb are still seen around the world today and continue to shape our actions as we progress to a safer future. However, none of this would have happened so quickly if it were not for an experiment thought of by the United States. The famous experiment dubbed “The Manhattan Project” began in 1941 when a group of scientists led by Robert Oppenheimer was determined to conceive the most devastating weapon the world had ever seen (Gordin 16). Based on a rumor that the Germans were ahead of the game in the production of enriched Uranium, the main ingredient of atomic bombs, the United States swiftly set up a laboratory in Los Almos, New Mexico to further their experimentation (Atomic Bomb). The thought of the Nazi’s obtaining a weapon that would undoubtedly give them victory in World War II caused
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alarm throughout the allied forces. However, the United States nightmare soon vanished on July 14, 1945 when the first test of their creation was displayed in the desert of New Mexico, putting the scientists who created it in awe of its shear magnitude (Atomic Bomb). Debate immediately followed between the scientists about whether or not the bomb should be put into use. Many were skeptical knowing the intensity of the bomb and the effects it could have on human beings. Others wanted recognition for all the long hours and hard work they put into the project and pushed for its use. With such a wildcard under the president’s sleeve, there was no doubt he was going to test the bomb’s capabilities in wartime if the opportunity presented itself. The Germans would have been the most likely primary target, unfortunately for the Japanese nation, the Nazi threat had been suppressed by the time the United States was ready to use its new weapon.
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