chapter  6
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Nagasaki re-imagined

The last shall be first
WithKathleen Sullivan

It may be various cultures’ obsession with the first of all things being the most important; it may be the chronicling of Hiroshima by John Hersey that took precedence in the postwar mind; it may be that the world was so shaken on the morning of August 7, 1945 that August 9 became a decades old after thought; but culturally the meme of Hiroshima has meant Hiroshima and Nagasaki for over 70 years. The two are synonymous in the minds of many historians and many people but the two bombs were very different and have specific different effects regarding nuclear weapons in the world today. If we are to truly “re-imagine Hiroshima,” Nagasaki must stand alongside it in memory and discourse.