Honors Fellowships

Jacob Abrams

Abrams, Jacob 4Name: Jacob Abrams
Title of Project:
 Mining Memory: Relief to a Mine Disaster
Advisor: Ronald Schechter
Honors Department: History

My projects attempts to understand the historical significance of one of the first major international disaster relief efforts of twentieth century Europe. I examine how conceptions of charity, international labor, big business, and the miner coalesced, what tensions they brought out of each other, and how they provided a groundwork for subsequent international responses to events throughout the twentieth century, including World War I.

My honors fellowship provides significant financial support which allows me to access archives, literary sources, and data important to completing my honors thesis. I wouldn’t be able to do this without such generous support!

Hometown: Midway, West Viriginia
Majors: History
Future Plans: After graduating William and Mary, I hope to complete law school in order to pursue a career in both academia and the justice system. I’m especially interested in educational policy and historical interpretations of law and society.
Hobbies: I’m a big movie buff (probably more than I should be). I love listening to film scores and writing music on the piano. When I’m not too busy, I like to go hiking and explore the mountains.
Fun Fact: I was the first New Years baby born in Raleigh County, West Virginia. I have rewritten the scores to two movies so far. Me and my cousin pride ourselves on our annual Easter egg hunts (I wish it was a sport). I received the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Award. My favorite cereal is Fruity Pebbles. Fruit Loops is a close second. I really want to build a super awesome tree house!


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