Enola Gay and the Smithsonian Institution

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After concisely covering the background of the Enola Gay and its mission, this study focuses on the controversy surrounding the museum exhibit. Issues covered include casualty figures, ethical questions, and political correctness, among others. The viewpoints of such groups as museum personnel, exhibit organizers, veterans, and historians are covered. Appendices offer information on content analysis of the National Air and Space Museum exhibit script, non-museum materials that were intended to complement the ...
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About the Book On August 6, 1945, the B-29 Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, which ushered on the end of World War II. For the 50th anniversary of this major ... event in world history, the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution produced an exhibit. A controversy erupted, however, over the exhibit’s historical authenticity. Veterans, for example, complained that the museum displayed a misrepresented version of history. After concisely covering the background of the Enola Gay and its mission, this study focuses on the controversy surrounding the museum exhibit. Issues covered include casualty figures, ethical questions, and political correctness, among others. The viewpoints of such groups as museum personnel, exhibit organizers, veterans, and historians are covered. Appendices offer information on content analysis of the National Air and Space Museum exhibit script, non-museum materials that were intended to complement the exhibit script, and the importance of full disclosure in research. Read more Show Less

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After concisely covering the background of the Enola Gay and its mission, this study focuses on the controversy surrounding the museum exhibit. Issues covered include casualty figures, ethical questions, and political correctness, among others. The viewpoints of such groups as museum personnel, exhibit organizers, veterans, and historians are covered. Appendices offer information on content analysis of the National Air and Space Museum exhibit script, non-museum materials that were intended to complement the exhibit script, and the importance of full disclosure in research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786420087
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/11/2005
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles T. O'Reilly has taught at Loyola University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York at Albany. He lives in Wilmette, Illinois. William A. Rooney is a former advertising and communications executive. He lives in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

I The NASM plans an exhibit 5
II Why the battle of the Enola Gay? 23
III Was Japan ready to surrender? 43
IV Unconditional surrender 59
V Was Germany an A-bomb target? 67
VI The question of casualties 87
VII Where did the 500,000 come from? 114
VIII Defending the exhibit 133
IX The moral question 159
X Epilogue 167
App. A Is speculation history? 189
App. B The "tiger team" report 197
App. C Why not full disclosure? 200
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