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 normal knowledge approximately pleasant societies and illness coverage, arguing that IOOF inns have been financially sound associations, have been extra effective than advertisement insurers, and met a industry call for headed by means of younger males who lacked choices to industry coverage, now not older males who had an above-average probability of illness incapacity. Emery and Emery convey that many younger males joined the peculiar Fellows for illness assurance and give up the society as soon as self-insurance - mark downs - or kin assurance - secondary earning from older kids - made it possible for them. The older males, who valued the social merits of club and didn't desire the in poor health profit, steadily grew to become a majority and dismantled the IOOF's coverage provisions.

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Obtained its primary income from the male family head, but also secondary incomes from adolescent children, until they left to establish their own households. However, the jobs of older children expressed family choice, not necessity. The older sons with jobs were breadwinners in training. 18 A Young Man's Benefit Families had a strong preference for the breadwinner model during the study years. By attaining breadwinner status, the family head signalled to contemporaries that he and his family were respectable.

By default, the IOOF became a society of Protestants and a vehicle for expressing an AngloProtestant ethno-religious identity. ROMAN CATHOLICS The literature differs about Roman Catholic participation in fraternal societies. According to Clawson, ethnic Cath- 2,8 A Young Man's Benefit olics joined the societies after the American civil war, but withdrew from them after 1880 (Clawson, 1989, 131). 6 On the other hand, the secret societies reacted to immigration from southern and eastern Europe with anti-Catholic nativism.

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