Context: Pacific Theater at the end of World War II
Key question: Was President Truman justified in his decision to use nuclear weapons against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945?
Examine Atomic Bombs: Multiple Perspectives handout. For each item, identify:
By show of hands, split the class into three groups: (1) those who support Truman’s decision, (2) those who are skeptical of his decision, and (3) 1-2 facilitators to lead our discussion and pose questions to both sides. Each team will meet to review the evidence available from the handout and from Foner, with the facilitator(s) meeting with Mr. Hall.
With the time that remains, we will conduct a student-led discussion based on these materials. With five minutes remaining, we will ask the facilitator to recap what we have learned, with an opportunity for others to aid the debrief.