On This Day: The Manhattan Project and the Atomic Bomb

During WWII, there was growing concern that German scientists had discovered how to split a uranium atom. This could potentially lead to the creation of a bomb that could cause mass destruction. It was during this time that the Manhattan Project was developed, and secret nuclear facilities were set up in various locations around the country. Use the video clips below with your students to learn more about the first atomic bombs to be created and used during WWII.

World War II and the Manhattan Project

A documentary detailing the project to create a nuclear bomb during World War II. The Library of Congress and Los Alamos National Laboratory co-production uses interviews and oral histories with many of the key Manhattan Project scientists who helped build the bomb.