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Escape to Berkeley: The 1906 Earthquake Relief Effort

After the ground stopped rumbling in the 1906 earthquake, many survivors fled the flames engulfing San Francisco and escaped to Berkeley. For the next 10 weeks there, an all-volunteer, citizen-organized relief effort first saved those refugees' lives and then put them back on their own two feet. In this illustrated presentation, Schwartz plumbs the depths of these events and painstakingly reconstructs the stories, details and subtleties of the relief period. Schwartz also asks: What did the people of 1906 know about human nature that they were able to mount a relief effort so successful that it was completed in 10 weeks, everyone having been uplifted to a new life or returned to their old ones? Find out the intriguing answers.


George Hammond


MLF: Humanities

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Richard Schwartz

Historian; Author, Berkeley 1900, Daily Life at the Turn of the Century and Earthquake Exodus, 1906