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A study of Charles Hill’s, Alingsås Spinning and Weaving Company, Health and Funeral Saving Society, 1864-1975
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper will examine the work of cotton master, Charles Hill, who started a worker funded health and funeral savings society. Hill started his cotton mill in Alingsås in 1862 and by 1866 had 72 employees, 60 of whom were female. Although he was a British patriarch he can be considered to be a social and political pioneer as the fund he started was open to both sexes from its start in 1862. This was a unique event in Alingsås. This can be shown by the example of "Alingsås health and funeral savings society", which did not allow women membership until 1927, unless they were married to a previous member. This paper will examine what motives Charles Hill had for this unusual and pioneering act of gender equality in a patriarchal society. By using general probability reasoning, this paper shall attempt to establish what kind of a patriarch Charles Hill was in respect to his Swedish piers and examine if his patriarchal behavior based on an idealistical philosophy or was he forced to carry out these actions in order to keep his employees? This paper will also show that unlike many other health societies of the period, this one served it members for over 100 years until it was amalgamated into a larger scheme in 1975.

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2014.
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Charles Hill, health and funeral savings society, patriarch, Alingsås, gender equality, cotton master.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-16275OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-16275DiVA: diva2:758852
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Available from: 2014-10-28 Created: 2014-10-28 Last updated: 2015-12-11Bibliographically approved

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