The Lusitania Disaster

For both the Lusitania disaster and 9/11 attacks, the historic phase came immediately. In the Lusitania disaster, help took several hours and unfortunately by then many had succumbed to hypothermia or drowning. Local fishermen helped recover bodies, find the unaccounted for and bodies were laid to rest in Queenstown following the disaster, with a memorial to commemorate the victims. Immediately after reports of the 9/11 attacks first responders raced to save as many people as possible from the towers and the pentagon. Heroic passengers on flight 93, unfortunately unable to save themselves risked their lives and subdued hijackers deterring the plane from crashing into another occupied landmark. The honeymoon phase also happened quite quickly …show more content…
As we began losing thousands of our soldiers for a cause we began to as a nation question. The disillusionment became clear when protesters started to picket about an unjust war and the people became divided on an issue that in the beginning seemed to be unanimous. The reconstruction phase in the Lusitania disaster was quite different to that of the 9/11 attacks, the war took precedence and they went back to their normal lives expected to recover and rebuild. The way to U.S as a country reconstructed post Lusitania disaster was through its involvement of World War I, which had an extraordinary impact on its economy. The U.S similarly had an economic boost post 9/11, from its involvement in war in the Middle East, but has since suffered from the loss of gold reserves. Survivors of attacks have a lot more opportunities and resources than those of the Lusitania disaster, the media coverage and great knowledge of psychological trauma makes the healing process more …show more content…
Culture as casualty is a important psychological concept that describes how the collective “culture attempts to heal the trauma through the process of regrouping, redefinition and renewal that results in a range of possible outcomes, from greater social cohesion and clarity of purpose at one end to intergroup conflict, institutional failure and social disintegration at the other” (Pastor, 2004 pg. 619). In both, The Lusitania disaster and the 9/11 attacks, the surprising attack and loss of American life, caused a collective trauma for the American people. In the Lusitania Disaster, culturally the U.S redefined itself as a power that was not to be taken lightly. The message the government sent was that if you mess with the people of the United States, then you will be held accountable and that is a cultural message is still held strong to date. After the 9/11 attacks collectively the United States culture was rocked a to its core, because it happened on U.S soil and no one saw it coming. The U.S still held to its collective value that as a country it will hold those persons responsible accountable, and after 9/11 the government actively pursued retribution. However, this time around the U.S implemented several new departments, legislation and policies geared to make the United States more secure, more prepared and more resilient. The difference between the 9/11 attacks and Lusitania being how some of the collective values changed when it came to dealing

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