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My Country Tis of Thee. Brittany Woodward, 2001.

[Detail] My Country Tis of Thee. Brittany Woodward, 2001.

Historical Research Capabilities: The 1993 Attack on the World Trade Center

Listen to excerpts of interviews with Daniel Dominguez (14:00 into the interview) and Lateshe Lee (very end of interview), recalling the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. Research newspapers and periodicals reporting on the earlier bombing of the building.

  • Why do Dominguez and Lee claim that New York “fell asleep” after the 1993 bombing?
  • Who was held responsible for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center? What appeared to be the purpose of the bombers?
  • How did the public at large respond to the bombing?
  • What measures were taken to secure the World Trade Center after the 1993 attack?
  • What do you think U.S. authorities learned as a result of the 1993 attack?

When asked to assess the response of New York’s mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, student Denise Weiss replied:

I think our mayor, Mayor Giuliani, is the most amazing person there is. It’s very hard to react, and what to do, in such an instance, to immediately respond. . . . And Giuliani did an amazing job. I don’t think he could have done more. He did as much as he could. He’s an amazing man.

Excerpted from “Interview with Denise Weiss, New York, New York, November 7, 2001”

Search the collection for other people’s reflections on the leadership of Mayor Giuliani and President Bush. What characteristics do people seem to be looking for from leaders in a time of crisis? Conduct additional research to assess the leadership provided by city and national leaders during the immediate aftermath of the crisis. Use what you have learned to write a job description for a “Leader in a Time of Crisis.” ]