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Andor Skotnes and Jim O'Brien
The Contested Meaning of 9/11-Jim O'Brien
September 11, the War on Terror, and Perpetual Warfare: An RHR Interview with Andrew Bacevich-Paul L. Atwood
The FBI and the Making of the Terrorist Threat-Ivan Greenberg
Remembering 9/11's Pentagon Victims and Reframing History in Arlington National Cemetery-Micki McElya
Speaking Memory, Building History: The Influence of Victims' Families at the World Trade Center Site-Linda Levitt
TESTIMONIES AND ARCHIVES
Herodotus Reconsidered: An Oral History of September 11, 2001, in New York City-Mary Marshall Clark
Can the Diaspora Speak?: Afghan Americans and the 9/11 Oral History Archive-Ann Cvetkovich
The September 11 Digital Archive: Saving the Histories of September 11, 2001-Stephen Brier and Joshua Brown
Introduction to an Index-Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani
“The Most Disturbing Aspects”: Apprehending Public Reaction to Photographs of the 9/11 Jumpers
New York City, 9/11, and Comics-Kent Worcester
9/11 on the Screen: Giving Memory and Meaning to All That “Howling Space” at Ground Zero-Thomas Riegler
Enjoying 9/11: The Pleasures of Cloverfield-James Stone
Literary Lions Tackle 9/11: Updike and DeLillo Depicting History through the Novel-Bob Batchelor
The Depiction of 9/11 in Literature: The Role of Images and Intermedial References-Sonia Baelo-Allué
The Dan Brown Phenomenon: Conspiracism in Post-9/11 Popular Fiction-Matthew Schneider-Mayerson
9/11 and the United Kingdom-Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie
9/11 and the Increase in Racism and Islamophobia: A Personal Reflection-Amir Saeed
“Get Your War On”: Teaching the Post-9/11-Jeffrey Melnick
Teaching 9/11: Lessons from Classrooms in the United States and Pakistan-Magid Shihade
The First Eight Years of Life during Wartime, 2003 – 2011-Joshua Brown and Andor Skotnes
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As the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches, the contributors to this issue of Radical History Review discuss the meanings of 9/11 and critically investigate the ties between memorializing and mythologizing. They probe the contested understandings of the attacks in political rhetoric, policy explanations, cinema, literature, visual arts, photography, public spaces, museums, archives, and education. One article examines the relationship of changing accounts of 9/11 to the shifting directions of US foreign policy; another, to the FBI’s war on terror at home. In an interview, the historian Andrew Bacevich links 9/11 to “perpetual warfare” and a crisis of civilian control over the military. Other contributors analyze the changing meanings of the memorial to the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon in Arlington National Cemetery and explore the role of victims’ families in struggles over memorialization at the World Trade Center site.
Other articles address oral histories of 9/11, efforts to retrieve digital artifacts of the events, and attempts to teach these events critically in the classroom. Several pieces look at visual representations related to the attacks (including the film Cloverfield) and literary depictions by such authors as John Updike, Don DeLillo, and Dan Brown. Finally, the issue presents two series of original works of arts that subversively reflect 9/11: images from the Index of the Disappeared project and cartoons from Life during Wartime.
Jim O’Brien Writer and Editor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Andor Skotnes Professor of History, the Sage Colleges, Troy and Albany, New York
Contributors: Paul L. Atwood, Sonia Baelo-Allué, Bob Batchelor, Stephen Brier, Joshua Brown, Mary Marshall Clark, Ann Cvetkovich, Chitra Ganesh, Miriam Ghani, Ivan Greenberg, Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie, Jaclyn Kirouac-Fram, Linda Levitt, Micki McElya, Jeffrey Melnick, Jim O’Brien, Thomas Riegler, Amir Saeed, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Magid Shihade, Andor Skotnes, James Stone, Kent Worcester