After the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001. Many people realized terrorism is a big problem. Especially here in the United States. Terrorism is affecting us everyday not only here in the United States but in other parts of the world for example in . Colombia, Afghanistan, Qatar, Jordan and many other countries. While I was in the process of doing my I -Search I came along a lot of questions that I was interested to find out the answer to. Like what exactly is terrorism? Who were the first terrorists? And what were some other terrorist attacks that have occurred here in the United States? And last but not least how can terrorism be prevented? I hope to find these answers to my questions by using traditional and non- traditional sources. .
For my first question, which was, what is terrorism? I found out that terrorism is the extreme use of violence and crimes against the person in order to achieve a political or other social aim. This term was first used to describe the actions of a state against its citizens later it was used to describe also the actions of individuals. I found the answer to my question by using traditional source. I used a book called " Inside Terrorism" by Bruce Hoffman. .
For my second question who were the first terrorists? I was extremely surprised by the answer. Who could of thought terrorism started way back hundreds of years ago. An American group who called themselves Ku Klux Klan (also known as KKK) were the first real terrorist. Ku Klux Klan used violence to terrorize blacks and their sympathizers in the period following the end of the Civil War in 1865 and during the 1900's. In the 1930's Adolph Hitler of Germany, Benito Mussoini of Italy, and Joseph Stalin of Russia used terrorism to discourage opposition to the governments. I found this answer in a book called " Terrorism in The 20th Century" (A narrative encyclopedia from the anarchists through the weather man to the Unabomber) by: Jay Robert Nash.