September 11th, 2001, was a significant and tragic day for the United States. Four American planes, filled with passengers, were hijacked by an Islamic extremist group known as al-Qaeda.
Despite the fact that it was barely a memory to most college-age students, the reality is it affected our country as a whole. It was the beginning of higher security in airports as well as bigger security surveillance from the government. It even became the start of more people on the West Coast joining the military. President Bush instructed America’s military to invade Afghanistan and 17 years later, it’s still a conflict of interest within our government. In just a few short years, the events of that day will be covered in history books for the newer generations. But we must remember that it’s not just a history lesson, but a part of recent history that allowed us to grieve and grow as a nation.
To learn more about 9/11 and the impact it had on the US, check out these resources:
Schweitzer, D. (2016). When terrorism met the plague: how 9/11 affected the outbreak narrative. Cinema Journal, (1), 118.
Lyon, D. (2003). Surveillance after September 11. Malden, Mass. : Polity Press in Association with Blackwell Pub., 2003.
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Runciman, D. (2006). The Politics of Good Intentions : History, Fear and Hypocrisy in the New World Order. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
History.com Staff. “9/11 Attacks.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2010, www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks.
“How 9/11 Changed America: Four Major Lasting Impacts (with Lesson Plan).” KQED, 14 Mar. 2018,www.kqed.org/lowdown/14066/13-years-later-four-major-lasting-impacts-of-911.