New Working History Episode Focuses on Disaster Relief in the Early Twentieth Century

Remes__JaccobSLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Disaster Response in Historical Perspective, is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. In the episode, Professor Jacob Remes of SUNY Empire State College discusses his book, Disaster Citizenship, and challenges prevailing assumptions about how ordinary people, governments, and institutions act in the wake of natural disasters. The episode is hosted by Beth English, president of SLSA.

Jacob Remes is an assistant professor of public affairs and history at SUNY Empire State College. He studies the working-class and labor history of North America, with a focus on urban disasters, working-class organizations, and migration. His book, Disaster Citizenship: Relief, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era (University of Illinois Press, 2015), examines the overlapping responses of individuals, families, civil society, and the state to the Salem, Mass., Fire of 1914, and the Halifax, N.S., Explosion of 1917. His historical work informs and inspires contemporary interests in the labor movement, urban affairs, and disaster response, and his popular writing has appeared in The NationSalon, the News and ObserverAlternet, and Truth-Out. Remes is a founding member of SLSA and the Labor Research Action Network, and has served twice as executive secretary of the Labor and Working-Class History Association. He has received awards from the Canadian Committee on Labour History, the Labor and Working-Class History Association, Duke University, and Yale University, and I has been the William Lyon Mackenize King Research Fellow at Harvard, a Josephine de Karman Fellow, a University Scholar at Duke, a Kenan Center for Ethics Graduate Colloquium Fellow, and an American Council of Learned Societies/Andrew W. Mellon Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellow. Remes received his PhD and M.A. in history from Duke University and his B.A. from Yale.

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