The Manhattan Project
The Manhattan Project was to see if making an atomic bomb possible. The success of this project would forever change the world forever making it known that something this powerful can be manmade. The Manhattan Project’s success was something that had an impact on everybody involved since they helped create something with so much destructive power it could destroy a city within seconds.
The University of Chicago in Illinois had a huge role with the making of the atomic bomb (The Manhattan Project, Sue Hook). The University has been placed underneath a football field where nobody would have ever thought of it being (The Manhattan Project, Sue Hook). The university tested to see if atomic power actually could be controlled and when the test was confirmed to be a success, it was clear that this was very possible (The atom bomb project, Dale Anderson). If the test had been a failure, then the atomic bomb might have never been created. Since the test was a success, it meant that the project was progressing and that they were getting closer and closer to their goal.
Other than the University of Chicago, there had been multiple laboratories that had been set up around the United States to test nuclear substances (The atom bomb project, Dale Anderson). Probably one of the most important ones was in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the first atomic bomb was created (The Manhattan Project America Makes the First Atomic Bomb, Don Beyer). Los Alamos had been set as a place where the scientists’ wouldn’t have to worry about any secrets getting out of what he or she were doing or how they were testing and designing the bomb. That could have had a tremendous impact on the project and given the information to somebody that could have used it against them. The fear that Germany might create the atomic bomb first probably made the scientist even more anxious to make the bomb thinking if he or she did not, it might be too late (ushistory.org).
The head of the Manhattan Project was a man named Leslie Groves (Dale Anderson). Leslie Groves was given command over the project after the U.S. Army gained control of the project (Dale Anderson). If Groves had not been the one to be put in charge, then the whole project might not have been able to go forward as fast as it did since Groves made the project his top priority (Don Beyer). Groves had put forth a lot to help with the Manhattan Project, but one of the things he did that other people did not approve of was hire Robert J. Oppenheimer (Dale Anderson).
Oppenheimer was thought to be somebody that should not be in the project because of issues brought up about how some of his relatives were communist (Dale Anderson). Most people did not trust Oppenheimer, but Groves on the other hand had good trust in him. Oppenheimer graduated from Harvard and went to be a teacher in California before he got the job as the director of the Manhattan Project (The Manhattan Project, Robert Oppenheimer)....