September 11 Digital Archive Stories

This collection is the bulk of the archive, representing the experiences of thousands of individuals. The immense collection of stories (as of writing there are over 12,500 entries) were submitted directly to the September 11 Digital Archive by users of the site. The recollections cover a variety of topics too great to assess, and present an excellent resource for future cultural studies of the reaction to the September 11 attacks.

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When I went to school I had no idea that anything had happened, in my first lesson I heard people saying something about attacks but I wasn't sure what they were talking about, they turned on the TV i...

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, I woke up at 5:00a.m.. I had to at University of Virginia hospital by 6:45a.m. for my gallbladder removal surgery that was starting at 8:00a.m.. The attack...

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In September 2001, I went to the U.S. on holiday (I am from Germany). First, we went to see Niagara Falls, and on September 6, we flew to New York. We, that is two other young women and myself. I woul...

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I was working that morning at General Mitchell International Airport located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My job title is (Aircraft Fueler) and on that day I was responsible for serving 14 flights for my...

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Even now when I look back it's so hard to put my feelings into words. When I first heard the news on the radio, I thought oh a small plane hit a building, we changed the channel. When I walked into...

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On the day of 9-11-01, I was at work at General Mitchell International Airport. I am an Aircraft Fueler and on that day I was fueling only Midwest Express flights. It was early in the morning I was ju...

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As Bruce Springsteen sings, "it's been two years gone by now." I finally got back in an airplane in August 2003, without trepidation. But I do feel a lingering anxiety since the WTC disaster that m...

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As a former U.S. congressman, I do quite a bit of speaking. On the morning of September 11, 2001, I awoke to a radio alarm in my suite at the Inn at Seventh Mountain, near Bend, Oregon. I set the al...

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, I learned about the attack some two-and-a-half hours after most people did--and I was working in radio! I'd just finished the morning drive at WGAM in Greenfield,...

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