9/11 Resources

"America Responds" is a snapshot of PBS's coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This Web site was maintained in the months immediately following the attacks, and now serves as an archive of related resources, analysis and discussion from that moment in time.

 
Newseum, "Washington D.C.'s most interactive museum", presents newspapers' front pages in their original, unedited form.  These pages from September 12, 2001, represent 147 papers from 19 countries.
 
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, the National Museum of American History is providing visitors with a close-up view of more than 50 objects recovered from the three sites attacked that fateful day—New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa.—as well as recent acquisitions that relate to how American lives have changed since then. The Museum's presentation will be an unusual blend of a public program and a simple display of artifacts—a display, not a full exhibition. For nine days only, the objects will be shown on open tables, without cases. The intent is to give visitors an intimate experience that will help make this historic day more real in their memories and stimulate them to reflect on its significance.
 
The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items, a tally that includes more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications, more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images. In September 2003, the Library of Congress accepted the Archive into its collections, an event that both ensured the Archive's long-term preservation and marked the library's first major digital acquisition.
 
The day after the attacks, the American Folklife Center called upon the nation’s folklorists and ethnographers to collect, record, and document America’s reaction. A sampling of the material collected through this effort was used to create the September 11, 2001, Documentary Project. This collection captures the voices of a diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and political cross-section of America during trying times and serves as a historical and cultural resource for future generations.
 
This site is CNN's memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks.  It lists those who died and includes information from CNN reports, obituaries, and material submitted by friends and family.  In addition to shining some light on individual's stories, the educational value of this site lies in discussions with students about information that's missing or incomplete.  Why would family members choose or not choose to share information about their loved ones in such a place?  The site was archived in 2004, and now many of the photos are broken images.  How does that "look" affect the impact of the site?
 
The National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center may not exist yet, but its website boasts some excellent teaching material and primary sources.  The embedded video and audio on the interactive time line brings us voices from highjacked airplanes and from observers on the ground.
 
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, was chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission was also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.
 
 
“Straight to the source.” School Library Journal Aug. 2011: 28. Print.

 
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