Investing In Life: Insurance In Antebellum America by Sharon Ann MurphyInvesting In Life: Insurance In Antebellum America by Sharon Ann Murphy

Investing In Life: Insurance In Antebellum America

bySharon Ann Murphy

Paperback | September 13, 2013

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Investing in Life considers the creation and expansion of the American life insurance industry from its early origins in the 1810s through the 1860s and examines how its growth paralleled and influenced the emergence of the middle class.

Using the economic instability of the period as her backdrop, Sharon Ann Murphy also analyzes changing roles for women; the attempts to adapt slavery to an urban, industrialized setting; the rise of statistical thinking; and efforts to regulate the business environment. Her research directly challenges the conclusions of previous scholars who have dismissed the importance of the earliest industry innovators while exaggerating clerical opposition to life insurance.

Murphy examines insurance as both a business and a social phenomenon. She looks at how insurance companies positioned themselves within the marketplace, calculated risks associated with disease, intemperance, occupational hazard, and war, and battled fraud, murder, and suicide. She also discusses the role of consumers—their reasons for purchasing life insurance, their perceptions of the industry, and how their desires and demands shaped the ultimate product.

Sharon Ann Murphy is an associate professor of history at Providence College.
Title:Investing In Life: Insurance In Antebellum AmericaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 13, 2013Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1421411946

ISBN - 13:9781421411941


Editorial Reviews

This book makes a fine contribution to the study of the history of the insurance business.