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By Peter N. Stearns

Americans became excessively nervous, and manipulation via worry has develop into an important challenge in American society, with actual influence on coverage. through the use of information from September 11, this e-book makes a particular contribution to the exploration of contemporary worry, but in addition via constructing a ancient standpoint, the e-book indicates how and why targeted American fears have emerged during the last numerous a long time.

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Then she saw people crying in their cars, as traffic virtually halted. She’d visited the trade towers just a few months before and had marveled at the sight, so different from the sights of her small hometown. This was a “fortress,” it couldn’t fall. indb 34 8/22/06 11:59:14 AM The Distinctiveness of American Fear • 35 get her house key out because her hands were shaking so. ” She felt, in retrospect, that this saved her sanity. Writing not quite two years later Jessica concluded: “I’m still not over what happened that day.

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. She soon got the site clarified, but scarcely felt relieved. “I couldn’t believe that something like this would happen in our country …. I cried in disbelief and fright,” grabbing her daughter to hold her close. Soon, calls were essential to establish that some relatives in the New York area were not involved (they weren’t, save in terms of inconvenience and their own fears).

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. She soon got the site clarified, but scarcely felt relieved.

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