The Atomic Bomb

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 The Atomic Bomb

The Manhattan Project was a United States government research project where they produced the first atomic bomb. The project started in 1942, with only six thousand dollars in funding, and ended in 1945, when the first atomic bomb was produced. “ The atomic bomb took four years to produce about two billion dollars” (Moss 22). Dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was justified, that is why we dropped the bombs. The dropping of the atomic bombs saved many American lives, as well as many Japanese lives. Dropping the atomic bombs also ended World War II. Why shouldn’t we have dropped the atomic bombs on Japan? After all, Japan did not want to surrender and they were the hated enemy of the United States.

A few other countries had already thought of the idea of making an atomic bomb, such as, England. Japan had already started the actual procedure of making an atomic bomb. The United States was curious and worried about how the Germans were doing on their construction of the atomic bomb. The United States knew nothing about the production of the atomic bomb by the Germans nor the Japanese. “An assumption commonly made about the Japan and why they did not finish the bomb first was that they did not have the men nor the sources to mount a project as big as this one” (Wilcox, 55).

Bunsaku Arakatsu, a personal friend and former student of Albert Einstein, had the most powerful branch of the navy secretly advance him some money for a project on a uranium bomb. Arakatsu had theorized the great energy of an atom. In 1939 Albert Einstein wrote a letter to the president of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt. In the letter, Roosevelt warned that it was possible that the Germans were ahead of the United States in the production in the bomb. After the letter was written , a lab in Chicago was set up. “Chicago ended up being the primary research site for the atomic bomb” (Wilcox, 82).

In July 1941 began a...
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