Infographic: How The Attacks Changed Our Cultural History
Here enters our compendium of how ours and other cultures have responded to 9/11. It’s meant to be a snapshot, not a comprehensive study. But though the forums are unrelated, its a strangely fluent cross-section of human reaction, from Bollywood’s surprisingly lengthy 9/11 film history to the depths of Urban Dictionary.
The colors on the graphic denote what level of alert our country was on at the time, providing a sense of a nation guided by voices of fear. There is no direct correlation between the colors and the cultural events that we are aware of.
Nearly 500,000 people were ferried out of Manhattan on September 11, 2001 - the largest maritime evacuation in history.
It was on that day “people quickly discovered something we often forget: that Manhattan is an island.”
Narrated by Tom Hanks, the documentary short film, pays tribute to those who answered the called on 9/11.
A Resilient Nature
“Survivor Tree” is a callery pear found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center plaza, nursed back to health, and planted at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza at ground zero in December. The tree, originally planted at the WTC complex more than 30 years ago, has tremendous symbolic value for many New Yorkers. Taken to the Parks Department’s Arthur Ross Nursery in Van Cortlandt Park, the tree was barely alive in 2001. It was then only around eight feet tall. Most of it had been destroyed. It was twisted and charred. Parks Department workers nursed it back to health; it now stands more than 35 feet.
9/11 From Space: An Astronaut’s Perspective
From Aug. 12 to Dec. 15, 2001, astronaut Frank Culbertson was aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Two hundred fifty miles above the Earth’s surface, Culbertson was the only American not on the planet at the time of the terrorist attacks. He — along with two Russian cosmonauts — witnessed the horrific events of Sept. 11, as well as the invasion of Afghanistan a month later, from space.
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