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September 11: Ten Years After

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9/11 and 3/11, by Carl R. Weinberg

On Tuesday March 11, 2003, I was working in my office at North Georgia College and State University (NGCSU), when I received an email that I will never forget. It was sent to all faculty and staff on the campus listserv from one of my colleagues on the subject of “America’s Defense.” His email noted that some of our R.O.T.C. students were heading to the Middle East to join the thousands of troops already deployed there. Even if we opposed the drive toward war with Iraq, he argued, we should visit a website set up by the U.S. Department of Defense and add our names to a list thanking military personnel for protecting our freedoms. That same day, the U.S. House of Representatives, in a slap at French antiwar sentiment, had voted that its cafeterias would now serve only “freedom fries.” Six days later, the clock ran out on Saddam Hussein’s opportunity to comply with a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding that he surrender his weapons of mass destruction. Two days after that deadline, President Bush launched the U.S. war against Iraq. Read more >


How 9/11 Made “History”,
by Mary L. Dudziak
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A War “unlike any other”?: America and the World since September 11,
by Michael Sherry
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Between Acceptance and Rejection: Muslim Americans and the Legacies of September 11,
by Moustafa Bayoumi
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American Home Fronts: Reflections on Domestic Politics after 9/11,
by Laura McEnaney
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Remembering 9/11: Memorials and Cultural Memory,
by Erika Doss
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teaching resources

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Because It Is Gone Now: Teaching the September 11 Digital Archive,
by Claire Potter
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Human Rights Law, American Justice, and the “War on Terror”,
by Martin S. Flaherty
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Teaching American Politics and Global Hollywood in the Age of 9/11,
by Lary May
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bringing history alive

A Decade of Teachable Moments: 9/11 and the Temple University Teach-In,
by Ralph Young
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history today

Baseball, 9/11, and Dissent: the Carlos Delgado Controversy,
by Ángel G. Flores-Rodríguez
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on the cover

“Ground Zero Memorial Lights Tested,” September 8, 2010 (Photograph by Chip Somodevilla; Getty Images News collection; Courtesy of Getty Images)

Tribute in Light, a public art project created in honor of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, features two columns of light rising from the site of the former World Trade Center towers. Each column is lit by forty-four searchlights, which can be seen from a distance of sixty miles. Illuminated every September 11 from 2002 to 2010, Tribute in Light has been subject to conflicting interpretations, with some claiming that it honors buildings more than human beings. As the essays in this issue illustrate, Americans have also understood the impact of September 11, 2001 in a wide variety of ways—from a day that legitimately “changed everything” to a pretext for war, xenophobia, and the suppression of civil liberties. Tribute in Light is expected to close in September 2011 with the opening of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.