Fat Man


Title: Fat Man

Date: August 9th, 1945.

Geography: Created at Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States of America.

Culture: As far as it’s culture, it was made in America yet many people from many different Nationalities helped create Fat Man so I think it is fair to say that it is a multi-national artifact.

Medium: Made from conventional explosives that surrounded Plutonium.

Dimensions: Fat Man weighed 10,800 pounds and was 10ft. 8 in. with a diameter of 60 in. It contained 13.6 pounds of Plutonium that was surrounded by 5,300 pounds of high explosives.

Classification: Photograph.

Ownership: I can’t really find who took the picture but using an educated guess, I would say it was taken by someone working in the government of the U.S seeing as how the program dedicated to the development of the atomic weapons was highly classified. I don’t know who owns it now but on the picture I found, it lists the National Archives, The Life Picture Collection, and Getty Images.

Description and History: Fat Man was created by many scientists at Los Alamos, New Mexico and was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9th, 1945. It’s purpose is highly debated but the reason for using it in 1945 was to further damage the Japanese war effort and to try and get them to surrender. It caused a lot of shock and a flood of emotions around the world in all spheres of life due to the destruction and chaos that was left by it. It is a very good portrayal of the devastation that is highlighted in 1945.

For more reading: The Bomb, by Gerard J. Degroot.

Dalton J. Long, the University of Oklahoma, February 11th 2019.

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