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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. In Disaster Citizenship , Jacob A. C. Remes 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. He explores patterns and traditions of self-help, informal order, and solidarity and details how people adapted these traditions when necessary. Yet, as he shows, these methods--though often quick and effective--remained illegible to reformers. Indeed, soldiers, social workers, and reformers wielding extraordinary emergency powers challenged these grassroots practices to impose progressive "solutions" on what they wrongly imagined to be a fractured social landscape.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. “Organization without Any Organization”: Order and Disorder in Exploded Halifax
  2. pp. 21-53
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  1. 2. “A Great Power Had Swept Over It”: Politics and Power after the Salem Fire
  2. pp. 54-77
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  1. 3. “It Is Easy Enough to Establish Camps”: Geographies of Community and Resistance in Burned Salem
  2. pp. 78-104
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  1. 4. “The Relief Would Have Had to Pay Someone”: Halifax Families and the Work of Relief in Halifax
  2. pp. 105-131
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  1. 5. “A Desirable Measure of Responsibility”: Halifax’s Churches and Unions Respond to the Progressive
  2. pp. 132-164
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  1. 6. “The Sufferings of This Time Are Not Worthy to Be Compared with the Glory That Is to Come”: Sale
  2. pp. 165-188
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  1. Conclusion: Cities of Comrades
  2. pp. 189-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-244
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 245-276
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  1. Index, About the Author, Other Works in the Series
  2. pp. 277-292
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252097942
Related ISBN
9780252039836
MARC Record
OCLC
933297777
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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