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Truman and the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb
Over the last year, we have been exploring the story of "The Land of the Free": America's founding on principles of freedom and the story of our struggle to live up to those principles fully. Part of that story is America's struggle against fascism in World War II. It's an inspiring story, but also required some very hard decisions.

This webinar will explore one of those: President Harry Truman's historic decision to try to end the war by dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. These bombings marked a significant turning point in the military and diplomatic history of the world. What was the context for President Harry Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan? What other options were available, and why weren't they pursued? What were the implications, both short- and long-term, of that decision?

To help us answer these questions, and to explore how we are still reckoning with the shadow of the bomb today, Ashbrook is holding a special webinar with Dr. John Moser. Dr. Moser is the Associate Director of Ashbrook’s Teaching American History graduate program and Professor of History at Ashland University. He is a scholar of early 20th-century history and has written several books on the era, including "The Global Great Depression and the Coming of World War II" and, most recently, "Japan, 1941: Between Pan-Asianism and the West."

The event is free of charge, and questions will be welcomed from the audience.

Apr 21, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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