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An eager school boy gets his first experience in using war ration book two. With many parents engaged in war work, children were taught point rationing to help the family. Photo: Library of Congress

Television news reports of terrorist attacks air on September 11, 2001. At left, Akiba Wells, center, a phlebotomist at LifeSource Blood Service in Chicago, draws blood from Ariel Hantin. Blood service centers around the nation were filled with a steady stream of volunteers responding to the WTC and Pentagon attacks. Photo: AP/Ted S. Warren



The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor served as a starting gun for U.S. involvement in the Second World War. The 9/11 attacks prompted a war on terrorism. These two wars meant profoundly different things in the lives of ordinary Americans.
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"I know George Bush has said we're at war and we must be careful and observant and everything like that. But, you know, there's really nothing to do." — Writer Elizabeth Spencer

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1941: We are Mad Unidentified man, Arizona (1:28)
2001: Former Cadet Bryent Vessey, Naples American School, Naples, Italy (1:02)

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