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It is 1945. The world is still embroiled in World War II. While the war with Germany is over, the United States is still fighting Japan. Japan has been bombed to the point that most of her cities are rubble and barely any military targets are left. An invasion of Japan is being considered to end the war. This proposed invasion of Japan may end up costing millions of American lives.

For this Webquest, you are the President of the United States in 1945. You have just learned that the United States military has an awesome new weapon: the atomic bomb. It may be able to end the war without the loss of any more American lives, and a lessened number of Japanese lives. What do you do? Should you drop the atomic bomb or not?


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