The Bomb

The spectacular explosion of the first atomic weapon is documented with dramatic video footage in a short film. Using pictures and videos of the bomb's preparation, as well as its aftermath, scholars consider the ramifications of this watershed moment. Afterward, they consider what they believe is the legacy of the atomic age.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to stimulate debate on the use of atomic weapons
  • Structure a discussion around the Stimson quote at the end of the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Graphic images of atomic weapon may not be appropriate for all learners
  • Video is part of the War in the Pacific resource collection from the National WWII Museum
Pros

  • Images are gripping and emotional
  • Video shows the impact of the atomic blast in seldom-seen footage
Cons

  • Video is not chronological and may be confusing to some pupils