Disaster citizenship : survivors, solidarity, and power in by Jacob A.C. Remes

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A century in the past, governments buoyed via innovative Era-beliefs started to suppose better accountability for shielding and rescuing voters. but the aftermath of 2 failures within the United States-Canada borderlands--the Salem fireplace of 1914 and the Halifax Explosion of 1917--saw operating classification survivors in its place flip to pals, associates, coworkers, and kinfolk for succor and relief. either authentic and unofficial

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Disaster citizenship : survivors, solidarity, and power in the Progressive Era

A century in the past, governments buoyed by means of innovative Era-beliefs started to suppose larger accountability for shielding and rescuing electorate. but the aftermath of 2 failures within the United States-Canada borderlands--the Salem fireplace of 1914 and the Halifax Explosion of 1917--saw operating type survivors as a substitute flip to associates, acquaintances, coworkers, and relations for succor and reduction.

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The doctors of Halifax and its suburb across the harbor, Dartmouth, also worked of their own accord. Like soldiers, whose training and experiences had conditioned them to strong bonds of solidarity, the training and experiences of doctors encouraged them to launch directly into medical service. Dartmouth physician M. S. Dickson was still in bed at nine o’clock and was buried under glass and plaster, but he avoided serious injury. Minutes later his neighbors converged on his house seeking help. Dickson attended to them, aided by his niece Annie Anderson, a Dalhousie medical student who boarded with him.

71 City officials were missing. Of those who were there, one of the controllers was “continuously plastered” and the city clerk was useless; Henry Colwell “tapped his head significantly” when describing the latter to MacMechan. The building was in disarray, with windows broken and plaster down. ” 72 Mrs. H. Bryant went to City Hall after the explosion to volunteer but found “everything in confusion,” so she left. 73 In the hospitals, Mrs. Bryant’s initial vision of disorder was deceiving, because volunteers created their own order that did not need to be perceived to outsiders to be useful.

His work in Halifax came from the solidarity and comradeship that his naval training instilled in him. The anonymous American’s work was motivated by the same thing, plus affection for the city where he trained. If he already felt solidarity with Haligonians after only a few weeks in town, soldiers who had lived there for longer, who had brought their families there, or who dated local women had even stronger bonds. 34 Military relief was not without its problems, but when soldiers were working on their own to help save people, they evinced a spontaneous order and efficiency built on preexisting bonds of solidarity with each other and with Halifax civilians.

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