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August 6, 1945: The United States Drops the First Atomic Bomb

Lecture no. 18 from the course: This Day in History

August 6, 1945: The United States Drops the First Atomic Bomb

| 09 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Join an award-winning professor of history to take an in-depth look at the options around and decision to deploy a uranium atomic bomb to be detonated over Hiroshima.

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t********m
August 11, 2019
This video is Yankee propaganda and terribly inaccurate. The Japanese were actively trying to surrender. The continued insistence on 'unconditional surrender' left the Japanese with no assurances that the Emperor would be allowed to remain (which he was allowed to do). The Americans were afraid of the Russians dividing Japan as they had done Germany. The definitive book on this subject is 'The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb' by Gar Alperovitz. James F. Byrnes was Trumans Secretary of State and was the key figure in deciding the bomb would be used.

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h********m
August 10, 2019

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t********m
August 8, 2019
Everything he said was true.

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