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Why is Hiroshima such an idea target for American bombing?
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Relying only on material from the Hiroshima monograph, the textbook, and class notes and PowerPoints--thoroughly answer allof the following questions:

Section One:  According to the book, why was Hiroshima such an ideal target for American bombing?

Section Two: 

a.  Discuss the experiences of one of the central characters in this book. 

b.  Explain what you think the author's purpose was in telling so many individual anecdotes about life before the bomb.

Section Three:  List and describe some of the side effects from radiation sickness. 

Section Four:  Explain why the medical and rescue efforts had so little impact on the survivors’ behalf, immediately following the blast.

***Include at least three direct, multi-sentence block quotes from Hiroshima to support your position.  Be sure to cite these quotations in parentheses and in all caps. For example, your citation might look like this:

"Allied doctors who came in after the surrender found plasma and penicillin very effective." (HERSEY, P. 99).

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not include the 3 direct quotations from the book, you will lose 15 points from your score.

DO NOT USE any other sources than those provided by this class.



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Hiroshima Such an Ideal Target for American Bombing Name Institution Hiroshima Such an Ideal Target for American Bombing Section One: According to the book, why was Hiroshima such an ideal target for American bombing? The attack on Hiroshima in 1945 was among the deadliest actions by the United States of America in 1945. The attack on the Japanese city was an outcome of specifically calculated moves by the US army to cripple the entire Japanese territory. As such, Hiroshima seemed an ideal target for American bombing die for various reasons including the fact that the city remained among the untouched Japanese cities at the time. The fresh status of the city is evidenced in the quote, “Dr. Fujji had been relatively idle for about a month because in July, as the number of untouched cities in Japan dwindled and as Hiroshima seemed more and more inevitably a target…” (Hersey, P. 5). This is further confirmed by the fact that the American efforts to select the atomic bomb targets, which had begun in the 1945 spring, were all based on various considerations including, "the first target should be relatively untouched by the previous bombing, in order that effect of a single atomic bomb could be determined" (Hersey, P. 65). Moreover, Hiroshima was a densely built-up area, a feat that further qualified the city to be a major target for the bombing. This was to enable the calculation of the maximum effect of the bomb which was “calculated to extend over an area of approximately one mile in radius; therefore the selected targets should contain a densely built-up area of at least this size” (Hersey, P. 65). America’s choice of ...
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