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By Peter N. Stearns

Americans became excessively anxious, and manipulation via worry has turn into an important challenge in American society, with genuine impression on coverage. through the use of info from 9-11, this ebook makes a particular contribution to the exploration of modern worry, but additionally by way of constructing a ancient viewpoint, the booklet indicates how and why special American fears have emerged during the last a number of many years.

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A final early impression to bring back the comparative element: The brutal attacks on the London public transportation system, in July 2005, were obviously far smaller in scale than those of September 11, and observers were quick to point out that, though devastating, the bombings did not introduce the kind of new methodology that might be disproportionately scary—like flying airplanes into buildings. Deaths reached at most 7 percent of levels that had occurred on September 11, and there was none of the symbolic fright of planes ramming into bastions of world capitalism and national defense.

But even if the prices rose, everyone would back the war. Everybody admired President Roosevelt, who had done more for farmers in the South than any predecessor. ” He planned to enlist. A bellboy added that it all seemed “kind of sudden,” and the resulting war was going to take a long time. He too planned to enlist. Several other Denverites, all planning to sign up or expecting to be drafted, commented on the surprise aspect, some saying also that it had been obvious it was “coming,” dividing as to whether this suggested Japanese duplicity more than unacceptable unawareness on the part of the government.

Indb 35 8/22/06 11:59:14 AM 36 • American Fear They also yield a statistical breakdown. When coded for words like “afraid,” “fear,” “nervous,” “anxious,” “worried,” and “scared” the data show a substantial minority willing, even eager, to admit their emotional reaction. Over 18 percent of all respondents stated, for the most part without apology, their involvement in fears or anxieties, and often of course adding the ongoing emotional impact. This figure doubtless undershoots the actual percentage, because using code words can miss additional synonyms or other surrogates, but there is no point belaboring statistical niceties.

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