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By Peter N. Stearns

Americans became excessively apprehensive, and manipulation via worry has turn into an important challenge in American society, with genuine effect on coverage. through the use of facts from September 11, this publication makes a particular contribution to the exploration of modern worry, but in addition through constructing a ancient point of view, the e-book indicates how and why certain American fears have emerged over the last numerous many years.

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In Abu Dhabi, for example, the British did ban parking directly in front of the embassy and constructed a higher wall—but one that remained attractive and in keeping with local custom; concrete slabs were not involved. And in this respect, not surprisingly, American fear proves contagious: the number of Arabs interested in visiting these grim outposts of fortress America, toward possible tourism or business, has dropped precipitously. Comparison provides one vantage point on American fear. Purely domestic logic, or illogic, provides another.

To be sure, 18 percent is not the whole story. Most obviously, the September 11 accounts were under no obligation to refer to emotions at all, since these were free and spontaneous responses; many simply involved stories of what the authors saw from their vantage points and other descriptive accounts. In contrast, the Pearl Harbor interviews directly raised emotional issues. In this sense, the statistical contrast—18 vs. 4 percent—masks even greater differences in actual anxiety levels—a point corroborated by the polling data that suggest a near-majority experienced considerable or acute fear in the days and weeks after the attacks.

What if the bridge I cross is next? ” Then the towers collapsed. ” “I wish I didn’t have to remember that day. I wish we had our innocence again. I wish that none of this ever happened. But now, three years later, it has happened. ”14 Brandie Washington was in New Orleans, planning her child’s first birthday party. She wrote also her recollections about three years after the event. A friend called with the news, which immediately made her nervous because she thought the reference was to the Center in New Orleans, which her mother visited periodically.

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