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Essay on September 11

Date: Sep. 12 2001 | Identifier: 885.1
Essay written on September 12, 2001, by a student as an assignment in East Carolina University Professor Karin L. Zipf's "Women in American History Class," describing reactions to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York, NY, and the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. more...

Emily Taylor
Sept. 12, 2001

Yesterday's events were unlike anything I have ever witnessed in my life. As I am sitting in class on what I thought to be a "normal Tuesday" when the Secretary came in and told Dr. Phillips the news. He then told us. I started shaking, because if these people were to fly hijacked planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon what was to be next? My first thought was North Carolina, because we are only a couple of states away and we have several air force bases. I wondered if Seymour Johnson was the next target-Which is very close to my home. I went to the bathroom and prayed for an end to this. No matter how hard I try though I cannot bring myself to understand why? Why people would hate this country so much that in one swoop they could kill thousands of innocent people. I have never witnessed evil until yesterday. All day long I saw people overreacting- one girl at Target bought 15 pair of underwear because she was going to keep them in her trunk for WWIII. This is what scared people do - overreact. I cried for the people who lost someone in this event. I have a great aunt in New York and though I am not close to her (I only see her about once a year) I thought of her. Funny how tragedies put things in perspective.

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