Prospectus [McIntosh]

I intend to write my research paper on the effects of atomic bombs. In an effort to end World War II, the United States dropped two atomic bombs over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki located in Japan. To reference how these nuclear weapons were made I will either use the book “Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb”, by Richard Rhodes, or “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” by Simon and Schuster. Both of these book reference come from the preliminary biography provided by professor Evans. These readings will help provide information on why these bombs were created in the first, and the initial effects that they expected to have.

Then, in the second part of my research, I will talk about the dangers and negative impacts that nuclear weapons cause. In the making of the Atomic Bombs, the lasting effect was surprising to many. They caused more damage and backlash that was expected. Not only were thousands of people killed, but many survivors faced medical issues caused from the high radiation that had great effects on the rest of their lives. High rates of cancer were found within the survivors and many of their life expectancies were also affected, in relation to those that do not come in contact with radiation. Not only were the survivors effected, but also future children that they intended to have were at a higher risk of developing a variety of genetic diseases. To highlight the many negative effects that the Atom bombs caused I found an article that can be referenced called “The grave is wide: the Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the legacy of the Atomic Bomb Causality Commission and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation” written by Gerald O’Malley. This is an article that I found using the Copley Library research resources.  

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