Remembering is in an individual act, but it is also collective. While each person’s memory fades and shifts, historians and journalists preserve these accounts, some offered right after shocking events and others provided weeks or months later.
Should you wish to explore some remarkable collections, see the
September 11 Digital Archive and the
The oral histories done following September 11 followed a similar project fielded sixty years earlier in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the “day that will live in infamy” that led Franklin Roosevelt to ask Congress for a declaration of war.
While indeed remarkable, these sources do not and are not intended to capture a broad historical picture of the events — their larger contexts in international affairs, nor the larger aftermath and impacts.