HISTORY 360 - September 11
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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September 11 was unquestionably a unique day in America's history, and uniquely unsettling in its effect. Extraordinary events have always inspired contemporaries to inquire into their causes, their consequences, and their meanings. September 11 offers an unusual opportunity for doing so given that it occurred in a time (and in places with so many means for knowing and recording it.

This course will examine the day's events from many vantage points, including why it happened — a subject yet to get serious public airing. We will then look at the ways the nation and its leaders chose to interpret the attacks, respond to them politically and militarily, and subsequently respond to its vicitms, living as well as dead. We will also examine how the nation's political and legal values have been affected, and how its writers and artists have chosen to deal with the event and it consequences. Finally, we will deal with the ongoing process of memorializing September 11, and what our efforts at remembering tell us about who we are as a people.

This is a demanding course and the reading will be considerable, and will include at least six books, beginning with the Report of the 9/11 Commission, and a substantial course-pack. We shall also look at several feature and documentary films.

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In addition to a midterm and a final exam, there will also be a 10-15 page research paper.

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HISTORY 360 - September 11
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: This course is recommended for sophomores and up.

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