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Fat Man & Little Boy
SUBJECTS — U.S./1941 - 1945 & New Mexico; Science-Technology;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Teamwork;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
Age: 13+; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Drama; 1989; 127 minutes; Color.
Fat Man & Little Boy is the story of the Manhattan Project through which the U.S. developed the atomic bomb. It focuses on the uneasy relationship between the Pentagon general in charge of the project, General Lesley Groves, and J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific director of he project.
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Fat Man & Little Boy will give children a picture of the development of the atomic bomb that will stay with them for years. They will learn about the Manhattan Project, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and General Leslie Groves.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below a quotation from Winston Churchill that is referred to in the Learning Guide to Fat Man & Little Boy.
Winston Churchill was told by Truman of the tremendous power unleashed by the first test of an atomic bomb at the July 1945 Potsdam Conference. Churchill, with his great facility for expression, observed that, "This is the Second Coming, in wrath."
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