New Brunswick, N.J. (Sept. 9, 2019) – Rutgers American studies scholar Angus Gillespie is available to discuss the history of the construction of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and the lives of the people who worked inside the buildings shortly before the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

 “The Twin Towers were more than office buildings. They are symbols of America, just as the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben represent their countries. The builders intended the towers to make a statement about the importance of the Port of New York and New Jersey. The complex rose like Emerald City, with fountains and sculptures from what was once a dilapidated area of half-abandoned stores,” said Gillespie, who conducted numerous firsthand interviews before the terrorist attacks with bankers, shippers, freight forwarders, traders, and many other daily workers in the Twin Towers.  “It was the people who worked there, however, who gave this complex life, purpose, and vibrancy.”

Gillespie is a professor in the department of American Studies at Rutgers–New Brunswick and author of Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center. He can be reached at

Watch as Gillespie describes his research on the World Trade Center, citing examples from both before and after the attacks of 9/11:




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