What Was the Most Tragic Event in Your Life and How Did It Effect You?

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Leesa Tillman
James Olney
Global Perspectives
8 July 201
Paper 1
September 11, 2001 a very tragic event, not only for the United States, but for the entire world. Our nation along with the world still feels the impact of the terrorism still to this day. On that day many people, including myself, can remember what exactly they were doing and where they were at. I was in class at Tulsa Technology Center when it started. All I could think of at the time was how someone could do such a thing to innocent people. What did the United States do to them, in order for them to retaliate? My Mother came and pulled me out of school that day, so I would remember the events. On the way home, so many cars had lined up at gas stations, not an airplane in the sky and people were scurrying to get survival supplies in the local market. Many gas stations ran out of fuel. The definite feeling of living in a safe country had disappeared, so it was apparent the U.S. had been breached, and was no longer secure at that point. September 11, 2001, was a wakeup call for many. The attacks upon American soil changed our nation significantly. It forced the government to strengthen our anti-terrorism legislation and expanded the law enforcement powers. We as the American people looked different towards people that came from a Muslim decent. A wave of hate crimes sprung up every place there was a Muslim residing. People of the Muslim decent were afraid to step outside. Even the immigration policies were changed, making it harder for people to obtain visas and U.S. citizenship.

The attacks of September 11 also put a burden on our economy. Tourism, leisure and insurance suffered the most. Insurance industries paid out record claims resulting from the attacks and the fear of flying as well as an expanding recession caused many consumers to cancel trips. (The World after September 11) There has also been a huge impact on geopolitical relations between the U.S. and Middle East, as well as...
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