The Day After Trinity The impact of the bomb through a documentary
The Documentary: • Perspective of Historians • Reflections from main participants • Oppenheimer and his brother, etc. • Clips and descriptions of the effects of the bomb • Death and destruction • Power of the bomb (mushroom cloud)
(cont.) • After Hiroshima • The Hydrogen Bomb • Arms Race • Soviet Union’s test of atomic bomb, hydrogen bomb • Up to the point documentary was filmed, 1,200 nuclear bombs tested
Effects of Documentaries vs. Texts“It treated humans as matter” • “A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words” • Puts a human face on the tragedy • Allows us to see the destruction while providing us the facts • Emotion of men involved • Visual images supplement words • Evokes sympathy for the Japanese people and American soldiers
What else does a documentary do? • Gives us insight into the thoughts of people involved through personal interviews • Captures the moment whereas texts are reflections • Allows for contrasting images • Cheering American soldiers vs. Devastated Japanese people, esp. CHILDREN
How Texts and Documentaries Complement Each Other • Together, the two combine both intellectual and emotional aspects of historical events • They bring together not only the facts of governmental policies but also the personal consequences of their implementation. • Texts choose quotations for their content whereas documentaries work to capture the emotional appeal.
Discussion Questions • What image was the most evocative to you? • Are there any other differences between documentaries and texts? Similarities? • Do you prefer documentaries to texts? Why or why not? • Did you learn anything new from the documentary? • Do you think the United States’ treatment of Oppenheimer was fair?