A Young Man’s Benefit: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows by George Emery, Herbert Emery

By George Emery, Herbert Emery

Using cliometric tools and files from six grand-lodge information, a tender Man's profit rejects the traditional knowledge approximately pleasant societies and disease assurance, arguing that IOOF inns have been financially sound associations, have been extra effective than advertisement insurers, and met a marketplace call for headed by means of younger males who lacked choices to industry assurance, now not older males who had an above-average probability of disorder incapacity. Emery and Emery exhibit that many younger males joined the peculiar Fellows for ailment assurance and give up the society as soon as self-insurance - mark downs - or kin coverage - secondary earning from older young ones - made it possible for them. The older males, who valued the social advantages of club and didn't desire the in poor health gain, steadily grew to become a majority and dismantled the IOOF's coverage provisions.

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During the years 1845-85, for example, IOOF lodges in Albany, New York, were places where workers met non-workers (Greenberg, 1977). In contrast, British studies and a few American studies find that friendly societies were working-class institutions. In Britain, Johnson argues, membership in a friendly society became "the badge of the skilled worker" (Johnson, 1985: 55), but drew poorly from the "faceless, lower third" of the working-class population. A recent British study finds that friendly societies attracted rural wage labourers as well as urban working-class members.

It also empowered grand bodies to add requirements, such as a higher minimum benefit than the SGL required. 2,4 A Young Man's Benefit Once in place, the constitutional provisions for sick benefit were hard to dismantle. First, the SGL'S Code of Laws required that a written proposal of the amendment be entered in the SGL'S journal and laid over until the next annual meeting. The one-year delay gave grand bodies the chance to discuss the proposed change and instruct their grand representatives on whether to support it.

In contrast, British studies and a few American studies find that friendly societies were working-class institutions. In Britain, Johnson argues, membership in a friendly society became "the badge of the skilled worker" (Johnson, 1985: 55), but drew poorly from the "faceless, lower third" of the working-class population. A recent British study finds that friendly societies attracted rural wage labourers as well as urban working-class members. In the lodges of rural Yorkshire, agricultural labourers and farm servants were three-quarters of the members (Neave, 1991: 66-85).

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