National Archives at Kansas City

-Truman's Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and Its Legacy- with Dr. Sam Walker

Press Release: March 18, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

Truman's Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and Its Legacy with Dr. Sam Walker

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will present, in partnership with the Harry S Truman Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Dr. Sam Walker, who will provide commentary and discussion regarding Truman's Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and Its Legacy. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of President Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in August of 1945, Walker will discuss the impact of the decision as a part of ushering in an era known as, the Nuclear Age. This program is part of the UMKC Center's Truman Legacy Series that highlights policies and issues whose origins date to the Truman Administration and continue in today's world.

Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Speaker

Sam Walker is a Distinguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians (2013-2016) and an awardee of the Richard W. Leopold Prize for the best book by a government historian, The Road to Yucca Mountain. He was historian for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 1986-2010, and served as Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. He has also written and edited numerous books and publications, among them, Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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