By the eve of the Great Depression, there existed in America the equivalent of a policy for every man, woman and child, and in Britain it grew from its narrow aristocratic base to cover all social classes. This primary resource collection is the first comparative history of British and American life insurance industries.
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I: Henry Moir, ‘Mortality Tables’ (1909); 1: Henry Moir, ‘Mortality Tables’ (1909); II: British Combined Experience Tables; 2: Samuel Brown, Preface to On the Mortality Experience of Life Assurance Companies, Collected by the Institute of Actuaries (1869), excerpt; 3: ‘The New Life Tables’, Accountant (1901); III: American Mortality Tables; 4: ‘Vital Statistics. Importance of Registration’, Insurance Monitor (1867); 5: ‘The First American Life Underwriters’ Convention’, United States Insurance Gazette and Magazine of Useful Knowledge (1859), excerpt; 6: ‘Proceedings of the Life Insurance Convention’, United States Insurance Gazette and Magazine of Useful Knowledge (1860), excerpt; 7: ‘Mortality Tables’, Insurance Record (1869); IV: John Adams Higham, On the Value of Selection Amongst Assured Lives, and its Effect Upon the Adjustment of a Scale of Premiums, as Between Persons Assuring at Different Ages (1850); 8: John Adams Higham, On the Value of Selection amongst Assured Lives, and its Effect upon the Adjustment of a Scale of Premiums, as between Persons Assuring at Different Ages (1850); V: Premium Rates; 9: Lewis Pocock, A Familiar Explanation of the Nature, Advantages, and Importance of Assurances upon Lives, and the Various Purposes to which they may be Usefully Applied (1842), excerpt; 10: ‘Comparative Rates of Domestic and Foreign Life Insurance’, Hunt’s Merchants’ Magazine (1859); 11: Life Assurance Premiums Charged by Various Companies. Arranged in Order of Magnitude (1910), excerpt; VI: Medical Selection of Lives; 12: Editorial and Correspondence on Medical Fees, Lancet (1849); 13: William Brinton, On the Medical Selection of Lives for Assurance (1856), excerpt; VII: Application Forms; 14: T. Glover Lyon, ‘Some Medical Points of Difference between Life Assurance in the United States of America and in England’, Transactions of the Life Assurance Medical Officers’ Association (1895); 15: Robert L. Burrage, ‘Present Standards in Medical Selection’, Thirteenth