Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Angel PatriotsThe Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 27 October 2020

What Flight 93 Tells Us about America

What Flight 93 Tells Us about America

Chapter:
(p.281) 9 What Flight 93 Tells Us about America
Source:
Angel Patriots
Author(s):

Alexander T. Riley

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479870479.003.0009

This chapter reflects on what the memorialization of United Airlines Flight 93 symbolizes about American culture and society in the objective moment of crisis it is currently experiencing. More specifically, it explores the American cultural effort to propagate a mythology of national identity and heroism of the sort evident in the Flight 93 memorialization work. Citing evidence in the Flight 93 myth, the chapter suggests that the American civil religion is alive and well and continues to operate in morally complex ways. It considers how this set of mythical narratives and symbols about American identity continues to drive much cultural work and meaning-making, and especially that which is evoked by events of mass catastrophe and death such as those of 9/11. It argues that the intent of Flight 93 mythologization is to help us forget our vulnerability and our weakness and to thereby return as quickly as possible to our normal lives after the disaster.

Keywords:   memorialization, United Airlines Flight 93, American culture, national identity, heroism, myth, civil religion, American identity, death, 9/11

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.