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Smithsonian Controversy

On 30 January 1995, Smithsonian Secretary I. Michael Heyman, responding to criticism by the Air Force Association, the American Legion, and some members of Congress and the Press, announced the cancellation of the National Air and Space Museum's planned exhibit, titled The Last Act: The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II . In the table below you will find links to side-by-side comparisons of the first draft and final draft of the exhibit script, and historical documents relevant to the "Decision to Drop the Bomb."

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First Draft
Final Draft

Unit 1


Unit 2

Unit 3
Unit 4

"Enola Gay": The B-29 and the Atomic Missions

Unit 5

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Unit 6

Japan Surrenders


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