ERIC Number: ED401219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The "Enola Gay."
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. National Air And Space Museum.
This text accompanied the Smithsonian Institution's display, "Enola Gay," at the National Air and Space Museum commemorating the end of World War II and the role played by the B-29 aircraft, Enola Gay, that on August 6, 1945 carried the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led to the surrender of Japan on August 14, 1945. Remarks by the Smithsonian's Secretary, I. Michael Heyman, at the beginning of the script address the controversy generated by the first plans and script for the exhibition that "provoked intense criticism from World War II veterans and others who felt the original planned exhibit portrayed the United States as the aggressor and the Japanese as victims and reflected unfavorably on the valor and courage of American veterans." The Museum eventually replaced the original planned exhibit with a simpler display in which the focus was on the restoration of the Enola Gay by the Smithsonian, explanatory material on the aircraft, ancillary topics related to the use of the first atomic bomb, and a video about the Enola Gay's crew. Each section of the text is related to a display in the exhibition. [This material offers the educator material to stimulate discussion, analysis, and critical thinking in world history, modern history, or U.S. history courses.] (EH)
Publication Type: Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. National Air And Space Museum.
Identifiers - Location: Japan; Japan (Hiroshima)