9/11: The Day that Changed the World

a changed world since 2001

Back in the classroom, Dailey’s students had time to process the exhibit and the impact of the attack on their world. 

The conversation ranged from how quickly the South Tower collapsed—56 minutes after it was struck—to the role of Al-Qaeda in 9/11 and its connection to the American occupation of and recent departure from Afghanistan.

One class comment showed how much the world had changed since 2001. A student indicated his surprise that there is only one video on YouTube of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center—footage taken by happenstance by a fire training crew.

“In 2001, most of us didn't have cell phones,” said Dailey, “and back then, cell phones didn't have video cameras.”