David Blight is a professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, at Yale University. David Blight discusses 9/11, memorialization, and the American identity.
Part 1: Blight discusses memorialization in American culture as an old impulse with a new urgency.
Part 2: Blight outlines the evolution of public memory in regard to the Civil War.
Part 3: Blight talks about the need in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to find parallels in other historical events.
Part 4: Blight discusses the need to understand 9/11 in the context of American history, and the role of individual sacrifice.
Part 5: Blight talks about nationalism, collective response, and the evolution of the American Republic.
Part 6: Blight discusses the impacts of 9/11 and the events effect on how Americans perceive themselves.
Part 7: Blight discusses national narrative and tragedy.
Part 8: Blight discusses how America has come to be the oldest republic, and the larger scope of 9/11 in a modern, global world.
FROM THE 911 MEMORIAL WEBSITE (www.911memorial.org)
Link to video: http://www.911memorial.org/memory-and-memorialization-1#ooid=twODV1Ojzlsm82waLFVyy-9mV46DTgWs,dseTR1Ov7I8ollX3oNeZ4wdgVe0fTP5i