Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Political Science


College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Holley Tankersley


September 11, 2001, is a day that forever changed and impacted this nation. Following the worst terror attacks in our nation's history, the citizens of this nation showed the absolute best parts of humanity and simultaneously the lowest depths of ignorance and hate. Immediately in the days following 9/11, an incredible sense of solidarity and pride for our nation was felt no matter what part of the country you were in. It seemed as though every home had an American flag hanging from their porch in unison. This level of Patriotism can be a truly beautiful thing, however, it can also be the means by which to persecute and attack others different from yourself. As sentiments of patriotism began giving way to a mentality that you're either with us, or against us, it became clear the true impact these events had on our lives and psyche.