The Manhattan Project is the name of the top secret project undertaken by the US during World War 2 to create the world’s first nuclear bomb. The US first approved attempts at isotope separation to enrich uranium in 1940. At the time of its completion of the first nuclear bomb, the program employed 120,000 Americans, only dozens of whom knew of the project’s existence. The project resulted in the only two uses of nuclear bombs in war, when the US dropped them on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Each detonation killed roughly 70,000 people with around 100,000 additional people dying from radiation. However, many argue the death toll would have been closer to 1,000,000 people if the US was forced to invade mainland Japan, something we likely would have done without the bomb.

Source 1: http://www.ushistory.org/us/51f.asp

Source 2:http://www.atomicarchive.com/History/mp/p1s7.shtml

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3 Comments
  1. Noah 3 months ago

    I am very intrigued by the fact that 120,000 Americans and some odd British and Canadian people helped work on this secrete project. Usually when any one talks about the Manhattan Project they only really talk about the head researchers and scientists like Einstein who influenced the Manhattan Project. So good job on this piece of research.

  2. Andrew 11 months ago

    Not criticizing, but the death toll numbers are a little misleading. The Fire bombings of Tokyo killed between 100,000 and 200,000 people, so when talking about death toll and predicted death tolls make sure you are aware of total death. Also, invasion was not the only other potential way to win the war. Blockades and bombings were also viable options.

    What exactly are you researching? The Manhattan project in general? If so a great book to read is “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” by Richard Rodes https://www.amazon.com/Making-Atomic-Bomb-25th-Anniversary/dp/1451677618

  3. Danny 11 months ago

    Hey Matt, I really like this topic! Mostly because I’m doing my research on the same thing. I’ve always had an interest in this topic and its always been interesting to learn more about it. When you’re done, I’d love to read your paper to see if i missed anything in mine.

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