History of Terrorism

This article sparked my interest due to our discussions the last two weeks on the future of museums and public history work. Terrorism has been a hot topic lately, and frankly for a few years. The article discusses terrorism as a word that is thrown around, but is never really defined.

As mentioned in the article, “To steer clear of such a public discussion would be, to Law, an ‘abdication of responsibility.'” How then can public historians and museums help to facilitate these discussions, educate the public on previous acts of terrorism, and their significance to society? Furthermore, the memory of these acts of terror on our society is equally as important (September 11th for example). However, for a word that is so infrequently defined, what would be some benefits to a facilitated discussion through museums, but also some drawbacks?


One thought on “History of Terrorism

  1. After reading the article and thinking about the question you are asking on what ways museums can facilitate an open dialogue about terrorism, I think that museums should start with the different events that has been labeled terrorist attacks such as 9/11, the attack on Paris and even further past events like lynching of African Americans in Jim Crow Era by the KKK. However, while creating an open dialogue I do think that musuem need to consider the personal connections of these emotional events. Further, realizing that the word terrorism is interchangeable in addressing current issues.


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