This first image is of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki on August 6 1945. This one of the biggest events in recent history. America has become infamous because of the use of this atomic weapon. It had positive short term effects and negative long term effects on our country. The dropping of the atomic bomb led to alot of different events in America immediately and in the long term.
The use of the atomic bomb almost immediately gave the US victory in Japan. On August 14, 1945 Japan surrendered and the US had officially won the war. This day quickly became known as V-J Day. This famous photograph was taken in Time Square on that day. In the photo a sailor is seen kissing his girlfriend in celebration of victory in Japan. The photo graph shows the emotion of joy and happiness that the war was over. The joy and celebration of V-J Day would not have been possible, for a very long time at least if the US had not used atomic weapons on Japan.
The next event spanned over 30 years of America’s history. This event was the cold war. The use of atomic weapons on Japan sent a message to the Soviet Union that the US had dangerous weapons and were a force to be reckoned with. This along with other factors sent the Soviet Union and the US into a all out arms race. The point of this arms race was to generate more nuclear and atomic power than the opposite country. This cartoon shows Kennedy and Khrushchev arm wresting while sitting on atomic weapons. This represents how the two countries fought with one another and how they both had atomic weapons. The use of atomic weapons on Nagasaki, as well as Hiroshima was one of the key causes of the cold war.