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Divided by Terror: American Patriotism after 9/11

John Bodnar


Americans responded to the deadly terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, with an outpouring of patriotism, though all were not united in their expression. A war-based patriotism inspired millions of Americans to wave the flag and support a brutal War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq, while many other Americans demanded an empathic patriotism that would bear witness to the death and suffering surrounding the attack. Twenty years later, the war still simmers; and both forms of patriotism continue to shape historical understandings of 9/11’s legacy and the political life of the nation. John Bo ... More

Keywords: Afghanistan War, empathic patriotism, Iraq War, 9/11, patriotism, trauma and war, war-based patriotism, War on Terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781469662619
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469662619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Bodnar, author
Indiana University