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By Alexander T. Riley

When United Flight ninety three, the fourth airplane hijacked within the September eleven, 2001 terrorist assaults, crashed right into a box close to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the gash it left within the flooring grew to become a countrywide web site of mourning. The flight’s forty passengers grew to become a media obsession, and numerous books, videos, and articles informed the story in their heroic struggle to band jointly and sacrifice their lives to forestall Flight ninety three from changing into a weapon of terror.  In Angel Patriots, Alexander Riley argues that via memorializing those contributors as patriots, we've got woven them into a lot better tale of our nation—an current net of narratives, values, dramatic frameworks, and cultural characters approximately what it ability to be actually American.           
Riley examines the symbolic impression and function of the Flight ninety three catastrophe within the nation’s collective awareness, delving into the spontaneous memorial efforts that blossomed in Shanksville instantly after the scoop of the crash unfold; the ad-hoc websites honoring the sufferers that during time emerged, comparable to a Parks Department-maintained memorial on the subject of the crash website and a Flight ninety three Chapel created by means of a neighborhood Catholic priest; and eventually, the construction of an reliable, everlasting crash monument in Shanksville like these equipped for prior American wars. Riley additionally analyzes the cultural narratives that developed in motion pictures and in books round the occasions at the day of the crash and the lives and deaths of its “angel patriot” passengers, uncovering how those representations of the development mirror the parable of the actual American nation—one that american citizens believed was once gravely threatened within the September eleven assaults. A profound and thought-provoking study, Angel Patriots unveils how, within the wake of Sep 11, the United States mourned even more than the lack of life.

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40 The plane began to fly erratically again, and Jefferson could hear cries and screams from the background.  . ”44 These were the last words Jefferson reports hearing him utter. ”47 At some point in the conversation, Lyz Glick’s parents had retrieved a cell phone and called 911, and Glick’s wife then attempted to relay information back and forth between her husband and the 911 attendant. 48 He asked her if it was true that other planes had crashed into the World Trade Center, apparently having heard this from another passenger.

He asked her what kinds of planes were being used, how many were involved, and who was responsible; she told him no one yet knew answers to any of those questions.  . we’re going south.  . ”57 He abruptly told her, “I gotta go,” and ended the call. At 9:44, he made his third call, this one of just under a minute in duration. , might have been the one on which her husband was traveling. She quickly told him of the latest strike, and he repeated the news to those around him. He asked her if she had learned anything more since the last call regarding the responsible parties or the overall terrorist plot and the planes involved.

62 Narratives about events such as the crash of United Flight 93 can seem simple. Indeed, the Flight 93 story, as it has been created, cultivated, and consumed in much of the American public sphere, can be reduced to a single brief sentence: villains try to attack national capital with hijacked plane, but heroes foil the effort. However simple this appears, though, it is instantly clear that we need more than mere facts to come up with such a narrative, and we need much in the way of undergirding cultural material — ​­values, beliefs, myths — ​­to invest that simple narrative with the emotional, visceral power it is intended to have and has for many if not most who hear it in the United States.

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