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The 9/11 effect: By the numbers

Sept. 12, 2001. That day is less referenced, but it marked the beginning of the legacy of recovery, change, and revitalization.

Twenty years and two wars later, the shifts in national security, charitable giving, and communities are a part of the bedrock of American life today.

For example, John Bridgeland, who led the Bush White House civic service effort, calls Sept. 11 a “turning point.” The nation’s sense of unity was unprecedented. In the short term, citizen service rose sharply, he says.  

“We have to build on the legacy of 9/11 and the growth we saw in service and volunteering programs to usher in a generation of commitment to civic renewal at a time when our country needs it more than ever,” says Mr. Bridgeland.


FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Anadolu Agency, Modern Language Association, Arab American Institute, Arab American Leadership Council

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Dwight Weingarten, Clara Germani, Jingnan Peng, and Jacob Turcotte/Staff

Pew Research Center, Gallup

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Department of Homeland Security, NPR

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Why We Wrote This

The 9/11 attacks echo through much of American life. Our infographic highlights large and small effects: From national policy to personal policy, 9/11 has changed the way we do things.

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