President Truman made one of the most debatable decisions - whether to drop the Atomic bomb or to invade Japan - early in his presidency. As you well know, he decided to drop two atomic bombs on Japan to end WWII. These sources will give you more information about the decision and the dropping. Truman Library & Museum (Links to an external site.) Leaflets Warning the Japanese (Links to an external site.) Details on the Bombing (Links to an external site.) Atomic Bomb Museum (Links to an external site.) US Office of Historian (Links to an external site.) Footage from the Bombing (Links to an external site.) After considering the above information, take a stand. Please compose a 2 page paper that states and defends your position - should the US have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan? Why or why not? Please make sure to cite sources. Part 2: Containment and the Cold War 1 1 unread reply. 1 1 reply. Following WWII, the US faced growing tensions with their former ally, the Soviet Union. While the two super powers never met directly in battle, they engaged in several conflicts and proximity wars that pitted the ideologies of democracy against communism. Several theories influenced the US to take a larger role in international politics, specifically the ideas of American exceptionalism and the domino theory. These ideas contributed to policies like the Truman Doctrine and containment. Think about what you have learned in your text and take a look at these links: Emergence of the Cold War (Links to an external site.) (make sure to click through the different pages for detailed information on the causes) Berlin Airlift (Links to an external site.) Korean War (Links to an external site.) Cuban Missile Crisis (Links to an external site.) Vietnam War (Links to an external site.) After your research, put yourself in the role of an adviser to the President in the 1940's - 1980's. Would you advocate a policy of containment? Why or why not? Should the US take an active international role, or should it focus more on domestic policy and revert to an isolationist foreign policy? To get full credit on the discussion, you must post an initial response that is at least 250 words and that includes at least one scholarly quote. Part 3:Watch the videos entitled "Postwar Tension and Triumph" at this link - http://www.learner.org/resources/series208.html and "The Twenties," and "FDR and the Depression" at this link - http://www.learner.org/resources/series123.html (Links to an external site.). After viewing answer the following questions: 1) What was the most interesting event described in the video lectures? Why? 2) List at least one new thing you learned. 3) Write a question that you would ask a classmate about the video. Answer that question.