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The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 marked a turning point in history. But did the attacks fundamentally change the United States, or simply serve as a catalyst for developments that had already begun? In this episode of The Road to Now, Jefferson Cowie joins Bob and Ben for a discussion about the 9/11’s impact on American society and politics, and how that moment changed (or didn’t change) the course of American history.
Dr. Jefferson Cowie is James G. Stahlman Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of multiple award-winning books on American history, which we discussed at-length in Episode 24 of The Road to Now. Find out more about Jefferson Cowie and his work at his website by clicking here.
Books Referenced in this episode:
-Benjamin Barber, Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy (Ballantyne Books, 1995).
-Jefferson Cowie, The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics (Princeton University Press, 2016).
-Jefferson Cowie, Capitol Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Tear Quest for Cheap Labor (Cornell University Press, 1999).
-Mary Dudzyak, Cold War, Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2000).
-David Rothkopf, National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear, (Public Affairs, 2014).
-Odd Arne Westad, The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times (Cambridge University Press, 2007).