September 11, 2001 filled New York City’s bright blue sky with smoke, debris, and screams of terror. The fear that swept America on 9/11 fits into a half century pattern that spurred Americans to buy more guns, build more prisons, and retreat. Professor Elaine Tyler May marks the occasion of 9/11 by tracing the impact of fear on our public life and democracy. She is joined by Star Tribune columnist and editorial writer John Rash.
Elaine Tyler May is the Regents Professor of American Studies and History, and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Minnesota. Her most recent new book is Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy. Five of her books have won distinguished awards and she is former president of the American Studies Association.
This event serves as the University of Minnesota's 2018 Constitution Day event marking the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance; Humphrey School of Public Affairs; UMN
May, Elaine Tyler.
Fortress America: Fear in Our Public Life.
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