Date of Award

Spring 1995

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department, Political Science Department

First Advisor

Marjorie Murphy

Second Advisor

James Kurth


Based on a collection of memoirs, government documents, news articles, and New Left historiography, Fleegler examines popular sentiment in regards to the 1945 dropping of the atomic bomb. He argues that, despite strong reaction both for and against the dropping of the bomb, true historical interpretation lies in the shades of gray between. Considering the political implications of the emerging Cold War, as well as veteran and civilian reactions to criticism of the bomb, Fleegler attempts to engage various sides of this long-run debate.