In order to prepare for this discussion forum: 

  • Review and identify relevant sections of Chapter 26 to support your discussion.
  • In 2005 a group of historians held a mock trial-Hiroshima: Truman on Trial.

After you have completed your readings post your answers to only ONE of the following questions.

  1. What are the explanations that have been offered in support of  dropping the atomic bomb? What is your response to these explanations?  Make sure that you provide specific support from your readings.
  2. What are the arguments that have been presented against using  the atomic bomb? What is your response to these arguments? Make sure  that you provide specific support from your readings.
  3. Review the trial and cast your verdict. How do you find  President Truman? Guilty or Not Guilty?  Discuss why you reached that  decision.