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9/11, History, and Memory: A Short, Rambling Post on a Complicated Topic

I was going to post about something entirely different today, but when I read my Facebook feed this morning I was struck by the volume, intensity, and, often, the thoughtfulness of posts about the 9/11 anniversary. I was flooded with my own memories of that day and its aftermath. I remembered the horror and fear, the latter of which extended for weeks. I was slated to give a paper at the ASA that fall and, for the only time in my life, I cancelled out on a conference. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax letters that Read more