The following selections are from a book written by historian John Dower in which he explains two different ways that the dropping of the atomic bombs is remembered. The source for both passages is John W. Dower, “Three Narratives of Our Humanity,” in Edward T. Linenthal and Tom Engelhardt, eds., History Wars: The Enola Gay and Other Battles for the American Past (New York: Metropolitan Books, 1996). Both passages (and this lesson) are adapted from the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG).
Team readings review:
Now that you know something about the experience of both servicemen and civilians, write a long letter from the perspective of your character immediately after the war to a(n imagined) friend abroad who might be unfamiliar with the experiences of the Japanese people during the war. Use prompts A-D as guides in writing your letter. You may want to reference the other set of oral histories (servicemen or civilians) and re-read your own assigned set before composing your letter. End your letter with some closing thoughts on the war. This letter will be graded out of 20 points.