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Angel PatriotsThe Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America$
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Alexander T. Riley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479870479

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479870479.001.0001

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Flight 93 and 9/11

Flight 93 and 9/11

American Mythology in the Making

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Angel Patriots

Alexander T. Riley

NYU Press

This book examines the mythology of the United Airlines Flight 93 disaster in America's collective consciousness. Flight 93 was the fourth plane hijacked in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and it eventually crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Drawing on the basic intellectual framework created by Émile Durkheim and Marcel Mauss nearly 100 years ago, the book explores the myth of Flight 93 and its relationship to the myth of America. It shows how the myth of Flight 93 is articulated in news coverage of the crash, in books and films about the flight and its passengers, and in the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel and the Flight 93 National Memorial erected at the crash site in Shanksville. The book analyzes the various sites in which the narratives, collective memory, and meaning of Flight 93 have been produced and are constantly being reproduced.

Keywords:   myth, United Airlines Flight 93, 9/11, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Émile Durkheim, Marcel Mauss, Flight 93 Memorial Chapel, Flight 93 National Memorial, collective memory

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