Rewriting history


Did I miss the coup d’etat in my U.S. history classes?  My classes taught that on Feb. 1, 1945 Franklin Roosevelt was U.S. president. They also taught that the atom bomb was one of the most closely guarded military secrets in history and thus no one would be publicly announcing anything about a hydrogen bomb weapon when this would reveal that an A-bomb would be needed to initiate the fusion.

The “Today in History” Feature that ran Friday, Feb. 1 stating, “In 1945 U.S. President Harry S. Truman publicly announces his decision to support the development of the hydrogen bomb” was wrong in so many easy-to-catch ways. Fact checking? We don’t need any fact checking.

James Stolpa  
Former UT staff member