I was working on my homework for my history class (I'm in the 11th grade). We are covering the Second World War, and I noticed something missing I always look for when I read about WWII history.
Little Boy and Fat Man. Their names were missing.
In my AP US History class a few years back, their names were prominently displayed. In my own reading about history, Fat Man and Little Boy are the lynchpins of the age, keeping everything in perspective.
However, in my school, in both the documentary we watched and the book (National Geographic's Eyewitness to the 20th Century), the names of the bombs were not there. The Enola Gay was still there, but not the bombs.
Why? Why is it no longer important to remember the names of the two bombs that changed the world? Is it easier to say "Atomic Bomb" than to give a device meant to destroy a name? Is there an intention to distance ourselves from the bomb?
Why do the names matter? Because that was what we called our efforts to decisively end the war. We gave cute names to the weapons of mass destruction, and that shows a lot more about our reasons for the bomb. Had we named them "A-Bomb 1" and "A-Bomb 2", that would not inspire thoughts of people protecting themselves, so much as "military being evil".
And just a note: the text, teacher, and documentary all seem to have a generally positive spin on the dropping of the bombs.