By Peter N. Stearns
Americans became excessively frightened, and manipulation via worry has develop into an important challenge in American society, with actual effect on coverage. through the use of info from Sept. 11, this publication makes a particular contribution to the exploration of modern worry, but in addition via constructing a historic standpoint, the ebook exhibits how and why particular American fears have emerged during the last a number of many years.
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Indb 29 8/22/06 11:59:13 AM 30 • American Fear ready the children to defend democracy. We can all do without cars and washers if necessary, but the schools must go forward. Max Weissberg, also of New York, had served in World War I. He’d promised his mother he’d be back soon when she started to cry. In fact, it took quite a while to get back. “Confidence is ninety-nine percent of your battle, and if everybody would feel that way they’d all come back. ” Mrs. Hannah Watkins was a housewife in Nashville.
The sense of personal involvement in momentous tragedy and fundamental change ran strong, propelling but also reflecting the strong emotional stirrings. A woman in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, put the point fairly clearly. She saw the attacks on television and immediately screamed for her husband. But he was in the military and had to leave for work, as his facilities needed to be locked down against terrorism. ” The personal element was obvious in this case—the woman’s husband returned two days later to say that he would soon be deployed to Afghanistan.
She was instructed not to talk with her students until right before dismissal, and then to tell them not to worry. “That was the most difficult task I have ever been given. I was afraid, very afraid, and I could hardly hold back tears when trying to assure my students …. I do not know anyone that died in September 11, however the people that did are the people of us all …. ”20 Stories of this sort are hardly the only evidence about reactions to the events of September 11, but they provide particularly interesting comparative opportunities the Pearl Harbor data.
American Fear: The Causes and Consequences of High Anxiety by Peter N. Stearns