The Attacks of 9/11/2001

Primary Sources & Research

Learn about the events of September 11, 2001 and what was discovered afterwards through timelines, reports from experts, and coverage from journalists on the scene.

What Happened?

9/11 Commission Report

In 2002, the United States government commissioned an independent, bipartisan commission to prepare a complete report of the circumstances surrounding 9/11, including preparedness and the immediate response. The commission was also mandated to provide recommendations to guard against possible future attacks.
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The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation

by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, Hill and Wang, 2006.
A thoughtful and powerful summary of The 9/11 Commission Report that provides a good introduction. Appropriate for middle school students.
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102 Minutes: the Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn, Times Books, 2005.
A riveting description of life inside the Towers from the point of attack to the final collapse.
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History Channel

A 9/11 video timeline, videos of the towers, 102 Minutes That Changed America interactive, recommended articles, and many other related topics to explore are part of this outstanding site on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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Exploring the Attacks of 9/11

The 9/11 Memorial Museum provides information regarding the events of 9/11 including primary sources, teaching guides, and an interactive digital timeline using images, audio, and video from their permanent collection.
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September 11 Web Archive, United States Library of Congress

A web archive that preserves the web expressions of individuals, groups, the press and institutions in the United States and from around the world in the aftermath of the attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.
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Journalist Coverage

September 11, 2001, The New York Times

Continually updated chronology of coverage, including commentary and archival articles, published in the New York Times regarding September 11th and related news.
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September 11, 2001 and its Aftermath, TIME Magazine

TIME‘s coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the struggle to rebuild and the effort to remember.
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NBC Learn News Videos

Explore the NBC News archives and view 10 short primary source videos (in order of air).
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September 11, 2001: Timeline of Events

Less than 10 hours after the first attack on 9/11, NBC’s David Bloom reports from New York on the minute-by-minute events of that horrific day.

World Trade Center Recovery Efforts Begin on September 11th

NBC’s Pat Dawson reports on the rescue efforts beginning on 9/11 at Ground Zero from his vantage point on a street very near to the World Trade Center.

Americans Unite after September 11th Attacks

Days after the September 11th attacks, victims are remembered at memorials. Americans unite in sadness and a sense of purpose through patriotism.

Muslims Are Victims of Hate Crimes after September 11th

NBC’s Jim Avila reports on one of the ugliest legacies of the 9/11 attacks: the surge of intolerance and hate crimes against American Muslims and people who are mistaken for them.

High School at Ground Zero

Stuyvesant High School students once went to class in the shadow of the World Trade Center. NBC’s Edie Magnus speaks with them about their vivid memories of the 9/11 attacks.

9/11 Commission Gives Federal Government Low Grades for Information Sharing

The 9/11 Public Discourse Project, an organization aimed at fulfilling the 9/11 Commission’s mandate of guarding against future terror attacks, gave the federal government mixed grades.

Force and Friendship: Col. Nicholson Uses Both in Afghanistan

Correspondent Jim Maceda is in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, led by Colonel John Nicholson, who combines military prowess with cultural understanding to defeat the Taliban.

After 9/11, Ten Years of War

After September 11th, the United States mobilized for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, resulting in the loss of thousands of American troops. The death of the 9/11 mastermind, Osama bin Laden, resounds as a major breakthrough after a decade of war.

Is There Deeper Anger Against the U.S. in Mideast?

Al-Arabiya’s Washington Bureau Chief Hisham Melhem discusses what has made conditions in the Middle East so ripe for violence, and whether there’s a deeper anger that feeds the current outrage against the United States.

Inside Look at Ground Zero on 12th Anniversary of 9/11

On the 12th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, TODAY’s Willie Geist reports on the progress being made at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, including a special preview of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Debunking Conspiracy Theories

9/11: Debunking The Myths, Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics magazine exposes the weaknesses underlying some of the most persistent conspiracy theories surrounding the events of September 11th.
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Debunking 9/11 Bomb Theories, NOVA, PBS

An interview with the lead investigator from the government body tasked with investigating the Twin Towers’ collapse, Dr. Shyam Sunder of the National Institute of Standards and Technology,
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