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Ending the War Against Japan: Science, morality, and the atomic bomb

Ending the War Against Japan

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Choices for the 21st century, Choices Program, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Volume 5th, Providence, RI, p.55 (2007)

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Cubb Curr D767.2 .E54 2007



1939-1945--Japan--Study and teaching (Secondary), Atomic bomb--Moral and ethical aspects--Study and teaching (Secondary), Atomic bomb--Study and teaching (Secondary)--Japan, Atomic bomb--United States--History--Study and teaching (Secondary), United States--History--1933-1945--Study and teaching (Secondary), World War


Contents: Introduction: Values and ethics in warfare -- Part 1: Brief history of war -- Part 2: World War II and the atomic bomb -- European war -- War in the pacific -- Development of the atomic bomb -- July 1945: moment of decision -- Factors in U S decision-making -- Options in brief -- Option 1: Make this a time for peace -- Option 2: Take responsibility for a new era -- Option 3: Push ahead to a final victory -- Epilogue: Decision and the consequences -- Making connections: Issues raised by the atomic bomb -- Chronology -- Biographical sketches.; Contents: Teacher Resource Book: About the choices approach -- Note to teachers -- Integrating this unit into your curriculum -- Day 1: Wartime decisions and democratic values -- Day 2: World War II and the responsibility of scientists -- Day 3: Role playing the three options: organization and preparation -- Day 4: Role playing the three options: debate and discussion -- Day 5: Legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- Key terms -- Issues toolbox -- Making choices work in your classroom -- Assessment guide for oral presentations -- Alternative three-day lesson plan.; Summary: Ending The War Against Japan: Science, Morality, And The Atomic Bomb: engages students in the political , military, and ethical questions that entered into the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The unit explores the origins of atomic physics, and examines the interplay between science and policy that shaped the Manhattan Project.

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