For your initial post, organize your revised research questions, current thesis statement, and an outline or checklist of your plan for conducting further research on your topic into a new discussion post. In a few paragraphs, discuss what relevant sources you have identified and the process for accessing those sources. Next week, you will be prompted to respond to two of your peers initial posts. When responding to your peers, critique their plan and offer suggestions for thinking like a historian. Does their plan suggest that they are thinking about change over time, context, causality, complexity, and contingency?
Note: This discussion spans two weeks and is graded at the end of Week 6. Your first post is due in Week 5, and your two follow-up posts are due in Week 6. A 10% late penalty will be applied for initial posts that are submitted after the assigned week. No discussion activity is accepted for credit after the close of the theme.
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Response to shannin B
Old- Did the approval of the bombings by U.S. civilians decline and if so when and what caused
the approval to drop?
Revised- What information was released by the U.S. government to cause the American
population to question the use of the atomic bomb on Japan?
Old- What resources were available to the Japanese survivors in the aftermath of the bombs?
Revised- What plans and resources were in place for Japanese civilians prior to the detonation of
the atomic bomb
ThesisThe justification used to drop the atomic bombs on Japan was grossly misrepresented and
deceived the American public. Once more information was available to the masses and the
evident lack of medical support was apparent the approval rating supporting the decision to
bomb Japan started to decrease.
The following are the articles I have read so far and have identified useful pieces of information
Morton, L. (1957). The decision to use the atomic bomb. Foreign Affairs, 35(2), 334353.
Miles, R. E., Jr. (1985). Hiroshima: The strange myth of half a million American lives saved.
International Security, 10(2), 121140. Retrieved
Alperovitz, G., Messer, R. L., & Bernstein, B.J. (1991). Marshall, Truman, and the decision to
drop the bomb. International Security, 16(3), 204221. Retrieved
Going forward I plan to reread these articles as well as look at some of the resources they have
used to gather more information. I also plan on going through more of the primary resources
listed in the research kit and identifying more articles that will help with my second research
question. Once I do this, I will compile a list of facts and make an outline to organize my
findings. This will help me find where I lack information or need additional supporting facts.
Response to John M.R
Thesis: Many areas of medical science as well as technological advancements in alternative
energy was made possible due to the various sciences, such as nuclear, and atomic physics,
that were applied for the invention of the atomic bomb.
Question 1: How did the research and development of the atomic bomb help medical
research diagnose and treat diseases?
ELIZABETH, WILLIAMS. “Beyond the Bomb: Seeing through the Nuclear Fear.” AQ: Australian
Quarterly, no. 2, 2013, p. 25. EBSCOhost,
National Research Council. 2013. Nuclear Physics: Exploring the Heart of Matter. Washington,
DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/13438.
Question 2: What different kinds of alternative energy sources can scientists develop from
the lessons and discoveries from the invention of the atomic bomb?
Isaacson, Walter. Chain Reaction: From Einstein to the Atomic Bomb. Discover Magazine, 18
Mar. 2008, discovermagazine.com/2008/mar/18-chain-reaction-from-einstein-to-the-atomicbomb.
Murphy, Meg. High-Intensity fusion. MIT News, 14 Oct. 2016, news.mit.edu/2016/highintensity-fusion-1014.
Wigner, Eugene P. “Impact of the Developments in Atomic Energy on the Sciences.” Bulletin of
the Atomic Scientists, vol. 7, no. 3, Mar. 1951, p. 66. EBSCOhost,
I found many sources via the SNHU Shapiro Library and JSTOR sites. I also used Google
searches to find other sources related to physics as well as find the MIT article regarding their
relatively recent success in nuclear fusion technology. The next steps would be to collate and
organize the data retrieved from the sources listed, and possibly find some more sources, if
needed, to support my thesis. I have actually changed my thesis a few times as I learned more
about the subject since I had the wrong impressions about some of the timelines and
development of sciences involved with the invention of the atomic bomb.
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