Acts of Terrorism and Social Change in the United States

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On 10 September, 2001 the citizens of the United States went about their day-to-day activities without any thoughts of a terrorist attack occurring. Americans who were lulled into this mindset by the false pretenses of security and the history that America has never had a multifaceted terroristic attack occur on her soil. However, on the morning of September 11, 2001 this attitude would be ceaselessly changed and change the life of all Americans. The United States has become known as the melting pot of culture due to the diversity of citizens; consequently, this has also led terroristic events committed by individuals and factions to share their ideologies and attempt to bring about social change. This social change may influence an infinitesimal amount of people or it may have a global impact affecting the world in some way, shape, or form. Domestic and international terrorism are two factors which have shaped and continue to shape life in the United States. Domestic events tend to have a more direct impact on American policy and the livelihood of her citizens; whereas, international terrorism may impact in ways not directly understood by the American people.


According to a study published in 2011 by the Heritage Foundation, between the years of 2001-2009 there were 471 terrorist attacks against the United States, of these only 91 of these are what is considered homegrown (Muhlhausen & McNeil, 2011). Some of the most memorable attacks against the United States that occurred domestically in recent years are the: 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Bombing, 1999 Columbine Shooting, 2001 the events of September 11, 2012 Sandy Hook Shooting, 2012 Aurora Colorado Shooting, and the 2013 Boston City Ma...

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