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Through newsreel footage, archival photos, and interviews, this video segment adapted from American Experience traces the decision-making process that led President Harry Truman to order the dropping of atomic bombs on two Japanese cities in August 1945. Contributing to his decision were the belief that the Japanese were unwilling to surrender, a concern for American lives, a limited knowledge of the atomic bomb's devastating effects, and a failure to consider other options that might bring the war to a close. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.
This media asset was adapted from American Experience: "Truman".