Document Type

Response or Comment

Publication Date

Fall 9-11-2023


Americans have had over two decades to reflect back on how the September 11th attacks shook our nation to its core. The psychological damage done to the American public had a drastic effect on attitudes toward responding to the threat of international terrorists targeting the United States and the potential for internal threats within their own communities. Being members of Gen Z, many of our generation only know the events of 9/11 and its aftermath in retrospect. With this in mind, we examined policies enacted under the Bush administration and their significance in response to 9/11, how they affected American society throughout the 2000s, and how they affect our lives today.