After 9/11/11, Exploring the Questions the Anniversary Inspired

Primary sources plus analysis offer opportunities for a new generation to investigate after commemorations

Sep 13, 2011, 07:54 ET from Milestone Documents

DALLAS, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the days and weeks that followed September 11, 2001, historians began the difficult work of exploring the questions of "why?" and assessing the ongoing impact of the events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Today's high school and college students -- just elementary-age children in 2001 -- may be seeking deeper understanding for the first time as a result of anniversary commemorations.  Teachers and parents can help them approach the events as a historian would by studying the documents -- speeches, official reports, memos and more -- that surfaced after the fact and accumulated in the years following the attacks.  Milestone Documents, an online primary source reader, has opened access to six key 9/11 documents on its website, each supported with in-depth analysis by a historian (

"Ten years after 9/11, there is a body of sources that enables historical reflection," said Neil Schlager, publisher of Milestone Documents.  "While this site has been designed for educators and students, anyone who wants to learn more about what happened before and after the tragedy can view the text of the documents and examine their context and meaning through the analysis of our team of scholars."

The Milestone Documents of 9/11 include a spectrum of historical works from multiple points of view.  Among them are Osama Bin Laden's message of jihad against Americans from the mid-1990s, the original U.S. State Department memo from August 2001 that reveals Bin Laden's determination to strike the United States, President George W. Bush's speech to the nation on the evening of September 11, 2001, and the 9/11 Commission Report from 2004.  

The works will be available to all visitors throughout September and can be found at

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