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Publication Date

Fall 2002


September 11, Students reaction


September 11, 2001 started off as just another Tuesday. Men and women across America woke up and went about their business as they would on any work day. However, that all changed at 8:45a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). A jetliner carrying 92 people slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Eighteen minutes later, a second jet carrying 65 people plowed into the south tower. A short time later, a third hijacked plane was guided into the Pentagon, and at 10:10a.m. a fourth jet crashed in a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania ( Accessed 17 August 2002).

It is because of this massive impact on the everyday lives of all Americans that we wanted to study the implication of the events of September Eleventh. We wanted to get a better idea of how people in our age and educational cohort reacted to the attacks and what they thought about the future of life in America. Although we realized that our study would be limited by time and budget constraints, we hoped to create a final product that at least provided a vignette of what students at Western Washington University experienced as a result of the attacks. Furthermore, we hope that our research would serve as a model for other researchers who have the resources to examine this compelling subject on a larger scale. In the end, we believed it was necessary to create something positive out of such a tremendous tragedy in order to facilitate the healing process. We hope our study contributes to this healing process in some small way.



Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001; Terrorism--United States--Psychological aspects

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University--Students--Attitudes

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United States


student projects; term papers




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