By Peter N. Stearns
Americans became excessively frightened, and manipulation via worry has develop into an important challenge in American society, with genuine impression on coverage. through the use of facts from Sept. 11, this ebook makes a particular contribution to the exploration of contemporary worry, but in addition through constructing a ancient viewpoint, the ebook indicates how and why unique American fears have emerged during the last numerous many years.
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Extra info for American Fear: The Causes and Consequences of High Anxiety
Discussion also focused on the Japanese themselves. Was the attack unfair—it was agreed it was awful—or was this a legitimate act of war? Should the United States retaliate in kind against Japan when circumstances permitted? ” Mr. ” He realized that American cities might be bombed, but he presumed he could bomb back in retaliation. ” “I suppose. ” Sullivan was also asked about the nation’s obvious lack of preparation for war. He freely admitted Americans weren’t ready. But there was no need for anxiety.
When the crash of the final plane was registered, forty-five miles away, “it was a reaction of utter terror. It could have just as easily hit us. ” Only when she was able to visit the crash site as a memorial service a year later did she gain any peace. 18 Jessica, in Canton, Ohio, heard about the attacks on a car radio. Her feeling at first was that someone was playing a terrible joke. Then she saw people crying in their cars, as traffic virtually halted. She’d visited the trade towers just a few months before and had marveled at the sight, so different from the sights of her small hometown.
Wider discussion of fear will be difficult. No society likes to confront its distinctive emotional sores. Fearfulness is hardly part of our preferred national image. The partisan overtones add to the complications—while both political camps play on fears, the conservative use has become more blatant and troubling, if only because conservatives have gained national ascendancy. The indisputable fact that the nation faces real risks is perhaps the central complexity: the line between fear, and fearing too much, is not easy to draw.
American Fear: The Causes and Consequences of High Anxiety by Peter N. Stearns