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Policy Memo Assignment

by Sara Moller

Policy Memo assignment (using historical documents).

Instructions: Using the template provided, write a decision memo addressing the prompt below.

Prompt: It is July 15, 1945. President Truman has asked you to prepare a decision memo for him discussing whether – as well as where (i.e. what kind of target) and how (i.e. whether to give the enemy advance warning, etc.) – to use the gadget. 

To assist you in this task, your aide has provided you with some background materials in the form of three documents (see below). Using these materials, make a recommendation to the president. 

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  • Students learn to critically analyze historical documents as well as the craft of memo writing.

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