Truman and the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb: Graphic Organizer
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Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, played a pivotal role in the development and use of atomic bombs during World War II. Truman assumed the presidency on April 12, 1945, following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. At that time, the Manhattan Project, a secret research program focused on developing atomic weapons, was already underway. As President, Truman was faced with a difficult decision regarding the use of atomic bombs against Japan. The Manhattan Project had successfully created two atomic bombs, and Truman had to decide whether to deploy them as a means to end the war. After the war, Truman focused on preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. He supported the creation of the United Nations and played a key role in establishing the Baruch Plan, which proposed international control of atomic energy to prevent further proliferation. Truman's decision to use atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki remains one of the most consequential actions of his presidency. It ushered in the nuclear age, shaped the course of history, and sparked ongoing discussions about the use and ethics of atomic weapons.
Teacher-prepared notes show students what is important and how ideas relate, and offer a model for how students should take notes themselves (Marzano et al., 2001). This graphic organizer gives students two primary source quotes regarding Truman's use of the bomb. The notes then explain some pro/con arguments about the use of the bomb. Lastly, the notes give students a chance to look at the six immediate effects of the bomb. Comes with a fill-in-the-blank version.
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