The Meaning of President Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima


Why is it important to teach about Obama’s May 2016 visit to Hiroshima? Historian Alexis Dudden of the University of Connecticut offers her perspectives on the first official visit to Hiroshima by a sitting US president. Dudden presents an overview of the dropping of the A-bombs, including differing American narratives in the aftermath of the events, and discusses the significance of Obama’s visit in terms of the power of reconciliation and the uses of historical narrative as lessons for the future.