9/11 Effects On America

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9/11 and the Effects on America Everyone remembers where and what they were doing on September 11, 2001; it is a day that changed the country forever. On this devastating day, Family members and friends were lost, lives were taken away, and New York City was torn to pieces. Two planes hit the Twin Towers, otherwise known as the World Trade Center. One plane was flown into the Pentagon located in Virginia. One last plane was flown into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after being taken over by the passengers. The nineteen men who hijacked these planes were from the Islamist militant group known as al-Qaeda. (The 9/11 Commission Report) Four planes, nineteen terrorists, and almost 3,000 dead people later, the United States of America has…show more content…
On September 11, 2001 5,000 to 7,000 people were held in each tower. (A Nation Challenged 12) American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were both flown into the World Trade Center in New York City. Both Flights were supposed to be flown from Boston, Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California. American Airlines Flight 11 was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. (The 9/11 Commission Report 5) Five hijackers boarded this plane. The hijackers on American Airlines Flight 11 names were Wail al Shehri, Waleed al Shehri, Alta, Omari, and Satam al Sugami. (The 9/11 Commission Report 5) The North Tower fell at 8:48 a.m. (A Nation Challenged 14). United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. There were five hijackers aboard on this plane as well. Haniza al Ghamdi, Shehni. Fayez Banihammad, Mohand al Shehri, and Ahmed al Ghamdi were the terrorists on board. As American Airlines Flight 11 was being hijacked, United Airlines Flight 175 was taking off. (The 9/11 Commission Report 8) The Twin Towers collapsed fully within two hours of them being hit. The Twin Towers were not the only buildings affected by these planes, though. All together, twenty-one buildings were largely damaged in total. (One Nation 94) The disaster area covered at least sixteen acres. An estimated 1.4 million tons of debris was in this sixteen-acre area. (One Nation…show more content…
Not only Americans, but Muslims and Islamist alike, were affected. (A Nation Challenged 80) September 11, 2001 was a day of mourning. Americans and American-Muslims mourned. September 11, 2001 was a morning of destruction. (A Nation Challenged 28) R.W. Apple Jr. said, “This week, we are all New Yorkers,” and that statement, many people agreed with. (A Nation Challenged 48) 2.823 people from more than 115 countries were listed as dead because of the attacks on September 1, 2001. (Nation Challenged 44) The number of Muslims on the U.S. has been estimated to be as high as six million. Now, Muslim-Americans are deathly afraid of discrimination. (Nation Challenged 80) The after math of the September 11 attacks consisted of many things. The cleanup in New York began almost immediately. By April 8, 2002, 101,759 truckloads of trash, weighing 1,506,124 tons had been removed from Ground Zero, which is the area that was affected by the attacks. 183,863 tons of that was steel from all of the buildings. The cleanup was estimated to cost two billion dollars; it ended up only being 600 million dollars. On May 30, 2002, the cleanup was officially over. A ceremony took place at Ground Zero, marking the end of the recovery effort. (A Nation Challenged

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