National trauma  

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"9/11 has been a national trauma for the United States and for a long time, certain songs were discouraged from being played on the radio."--Sholem Stein

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A national trauma is a crisis or a tragic experience which affects the spirit of a nation or an ethnicity, sometimes for generations to come. Large-scale disasters like war or genocide inevitably have this effect, but in an otherwise stable and prosperous country even a specific event (like an assassination of the leader or a transport disaster) can be traumatic.

Examples of national traumas

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