September 11, 2001 : A Tragic Day For Many People

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September 11, 2001 was a tragic day for many people. The streets of New York City were in shambles and the country was in chaos. This very day did not last only 24 hours, it expanded into a week of utter destruction. The terrorist’s goal was to overthrow the United States’ government and tear us apart. At first they may have succeeded; but after the worst was over, we became much stronger than we were before. Everyone has their own story of how these days went down and changed their lives, for better or for worse. It did not matter who you were or where you were during the time of the 9/11 attacks, any story was harshly interrupted on that day. Two authors wrote about one or more stories that happened before, on, or after 9/11. The novels…show more content…
DeFede interviewed and wrote about real people’s stories on the attacks of 9/11. During these attacks, all planes flying to the United States had to change course and land somewhere other than in the country. Since no one knew what was really going on, all airports closed down to prevent further attacks. DeFede covered the people from the planes that landed in Gander, Newfoundland of Canada. Only one or two of these stories had a connection to the people inside of New York City, but the others did not. It is an interesting spin on how the 9/11 attacks affected not only the people in New York City at the time, and who had family on the outside, but also the people who were rerouted on planes. These collections of stories especially had the effect of how the 9/11 attacks turned into a week rather than just one day. One day ultimately changed the lives of thousands of people. In DeFede’s novel, one story included two couples who adopted children from Russia and were attempting to travel back home to the United States. Because of the 9/11 attacks, they were rerouted to Canada and delayed their arrival home. The United States was fragile about immigrants coming to the country at the time, and made it harder for these couples to bring their children in with them. They had all the paperwork they needed for the children to be considered citizens of America. No new flights into the United States would be available
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