HIROSHIMA—WHY THE BOMB WAS DROPPED
A Peter Jennings/ABC News Report
A sophisticated debate of the issues surrounding the decision to drop the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peter Jennings leads viewers through a labyrinth of complex diplomatic and military developments in this Peabody Award-winning program to examine the subtleties of this still controversial issue. Dramatic newsreel footage and extensive background information on the war in the Pacific provide valuable context for the decision. Skillfully edited archival film, primary source documents, and interviews with historians and experts are combined to raise a year's worth of questions, such as did the creation of the bomb also create the impulse to use it, and did anybody ever object to the targeting of civilians? Grades 10 and up. Color. 70 minutes. ABC News. ©1995.