The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, is chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks. The Commission has released its final report, available below in PDF format. The report is also available in bookstores nationwide and from the Government Printing Office .
The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project captures the heartfelt reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Patriotism and unity mixed with sadness, anger, and insecurity are common themes expressed in this online presentation of almost 200 audio and video interviews, 45 graphic items, and 21 written narratives. The day after the attacks, the American Folklife Center called upon the nation’s folklorists and ethnographers to collect, record, and document America’s reaction. A sampling of the material collected through this effort was used to create the September 11, 2001, Documentary Project .
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, the National Museum of American History provided visitors with a close-up view of more than 50 objects recovered from the three sites attacked that fateful day—New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa.—as well as recent acquisitions that relate to how American lives have changed since then. The Museum's presentation was an unusual blend of a public program and a simple display of artifacts—a display, not a full exhibition. For nine days only, the objects were be shown on open tables, without cases.
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Online NewsHour: The Response Get coverage and analysis of the U.S. response to the September 11 attacks. Moyers in Conversation Journalist Bill Moyers spoke with guests from the humanities and faith communities to explore the background and aftermath of our national tragedy. Washington Week Search transcripts and video of journalists' roundtable discussions in the weeks after September 11.