Double Victory: Minorities and Women During World War II
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Franklin D. Roosevelt to Albert Einstein, 19 October 1939

Six weeks after war began in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt replied affirmatively to Albert Einstein's earlier suggestion that the United States should mount a major initiative to develop atomic weapons. From this seed would grow the manhattan Project and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

I want to thank you for your recent letter and the most interesting and important enclosure.

I found this data of such import that I have convened a Board consisting of the head of the Bureau of Standards and a chosen representative of the Army and Navy to thoroughly investigate the possibilities of your suggestion regarding the element of uranium.

I am glad to say that Dr. Sachs will cooperate and work with this Committee and I feel this is the most practical and effective method of dealing with the subject.

Please accept my sincere thanks.


Further Reading
Web site: PBS: American Experience. Available at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/truman/psources/ps. .
 

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