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Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era

Jacob A. C. Remes

Abstract

A century ago, governments buoyed by Progressive Era beliefs began to assume greater responsibility for protecting and rescuing citizens. Yet the aftermath of two disasters in the United States–Canada borderlands—the Salem fire of 1914 and the Halifax explosion of 1917—saw working-class survivors instead turn to friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members for succor and aid. This book draws on histories of the Salem and Halifax events to explore the institutions—both formal and informal—that ordinary people relied upon in times of crisis. It explores patterns and traditions of self-help, ... More

Keywords: crisis, Salem fire, Halifax explosion, working-class, self-help, informal order, solidarity, survivors, disasters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039836
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039836.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob A. C. Remes, author
SUNY/Empire State College