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Running Head: AMERICA’S OWN1America’s Own Terrorists and Societies’ Reactions Brett BakerENG 122Prof. Jason D. RomeroApril 8, 2013
Running Head: AMERICA’S OWN2Many people do not recognize that America has bread their own terrorist. It was not until9/11 when terrorism was truly discussed, when it became a word that was used in everyday speech and taught in classrooms. However, just because terrorism was not discussed freely and openly until 9/11, it does not mean that terrorism did not exist in America before 9/11. John W. Booth, was a terrorist. His violent act of killing President Lincoln was intended to spur the South toward victory. Timothy McVeigh, in another century, committed another act of terroristicviolence towards the American Government. It is often believed that terrorist act out of a religious conditioning, but that assumption is false. Terrorist must be motivated through anger and have a clear goal before they act, and that goal is to destabilize a country, but what most terrorist do not understand is that by acting out of emotion towards a nation of people, their goal of destabilizing a nation often becomes the stabilizing force of that nation. One of the biggest terrorist acts that happened in our history that most people don’t realize is the assassination of President Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Booth was a proud Southerner, who hated President Lincoln, but to his friends he was a charmer. Kanfer writes “Characteristically, Booth later charmed his way back into Flynn's company; in much the same way he also befriended Edgar Allan Poe, Sam Houston and Andrew Jackson. En route, he married, separated, seduced women by the score, and then took a second wife -- sans benefit of clergy -- to produce 10 children. Six survived to maturity, and several showed periodic signs of insanity.”(Kanfer, 1992)