Paired Texts > The Decision to Drop the Bomb
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A journalist from Interviews That Matter speaks with a survivor of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 in Ukraine. The interviewee paints a haunting picture of the devastated area then and now.Pair “Chernobyl: Interviews from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “The Decision to Drop the Bomb” and ask students to discuss the effects of nuclear material. How did the damage of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl compare to the damage caused by the bombing of Japan? How do both texts help readers understand the lasting effects of radiation?
In the 1964 Presidential campaign, incumbent LBJ ran a controversial advertisement that used fear as a persuasive tool.Pair “The Daisy Girl Ad” with “The Decision to Drop the Bomb” and ask students to discuss how the development of nuclear weapons changed the world. Ask students to discuss how “The Decision to Drop the Bomb” shows the devastating powers of nuclear weapons. How did this knowledge and fear impact the election discussed in “The Daisy Girl Ad”?
Born and raised in Iraq, Dunya Mikhail (1965—) has written much about the wars she lived through in her home country, until she was forced to flee the country in 1996 after threats and harrassment from the government. This satirical poem praises the diligence of war and its effects, from "provid[ing] food for flies" to "invigorat[ing] the coffin makers."Pair “The War Works Hard” with “The Decision to Drop the Bomb” and ask students to discuss the consequences of the War. In “The Decisions Drop the Bomb” the author discusses Harry Truman’s motivation to end the war with the bombs. Ask students to discuss the consequences of bringing the war to an abrupt and violent end, as Truman did.
In "Speech to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists," Robert Oppenheimer discusses the development of atomic weapons a few months after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Pair “The Decision to Drop the Bomb” with “Speech to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists” to provide students with additional information about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ask students to discuss why America developed the bombs and their decision to use them. Do students think that Robert Oppenheimer would have agreed to work on the project if he knew the full ramifications of the bombs?