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NOTE: These instructions apply to the short papers for second half of the semester which you will use to develop a thesis for your final research paper, as well as the short paper due by Monday 3 March. They will remain on the D2L site until 10 May.
The assignment asks you to develop a thesis for the mid-term paper based on a question that arose for you in the chapters through WW2 (Foner GML chapter 22). The question should involve an insight you had or a connection that you made which Foner doesn't make or doesn't explore to your satisfaction. In other words, the question must be framed as "I wonder how this set of events influenced another set of events" rather than "Gee, I'd like to know more about Frank Sinatra or Eleanor Roosevelt or the election of 1944." Follow up the question with preliminary research (beyond what you find in GML), turn this preliminary research into a hypothesis based on that research, write that hypothesis as if it were the opening paragraph of a longer paper (i.e. your five page paper due after spring break). Cite the sources you used. (Wiki is not an acceptable academic source, although it is a useful site to start to familiarize yourself with a topic) 1 or 2 pages. Due at latest Monday 3 March
The years leading up to World War II and the dropping of the atomic bombs were hectic and disordered, from the rise of Hitler in 1933, U.S. isolationism in 1934, to the death of U.S. President Roosevelt. The war showed no signs of ending and the security and freedom of nations around the world were in danger. Order was nowhere to be found, and the decision to even consider using the atomic bomb was unpreventable. The U.S. used the atomic bomb because it was the only way Japan would surrender, the world wanted to end the war as soon as possible with as little casualties as possible, and because of resentful feelings toward Japan.

Japan often fought until the last man standing… the atomic bomb was the only thing that would force them

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