Three days after September 11, 2001, Congress voted in favor of using military force against those who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Only one member of Congress, Barbara Lee (D-California), voted against the measure. That vote was representative of the views of the American public—the country had been attacked and Americans felt a level of threat from abroad that had not been experienced since Pearl Harbor. In the wake of 9/11, Americans generally accepted the increased role of Big Brother in their lives, sacrificing ... Read More
About Joshua J. Dyck and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz
Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz is an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island. Her academic work has been published in the Journal of Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Prior to entering academia, she worked in state and local government and electoral campaigns. Joshua J. Dyck is an associate professor of Political Science and co-director of the Center for Public Opinion at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he has been on faculty since 2012. He has published widely on the ballot initiative process in the American states and is the co-editor of CQ’s Guide to State Politics and Policy from Sage/CQ Press.