Historians’ Craft: Dr Shirley Tillotson on October 10th

Poster for Historians' Craft

All Graduate Students and Faculty are invited to Dr. Shirley Tillotson’s talk on the cultural history of Taxation on Thursday, October 10th, at 12:30 in the Common Room. She will be presenting some of the research on her upcoming book.Dr. Tillotson is principal investigator in a collaborative research project called “Studies in the cultural history of taxation in Canada.” Her most recent work, Contributing Citizens, published in 2008, is about the twentieth-century history of charitable fundraising. She has published historical work on a variety of other topics in modern Canadian history, ranging from telegraphy to human rights law.

Her previous book, Contributing Citizens, tells the social, cultural, and political history of Community Chests, the forerunners of today’s United Way, to provide a unique perspective on the evolution of professional fundraising, private charity, and the development of the welfare state. Blending a national perspective with rich case studies of Halifax, Ottawa, and Vancouver, Shirley Tillotson shows that fundraising work in the mid-twentieth century involved organizing and promoting social responsibility in new ways, sometimes coercively. In the 1940s and 1950s, fundraisers adopted the language of welfare state reform and helped to establish both the notion of universal contribution and the foundation of community organization from which major social policies grew. You can check out the first chapter online at UBC Press’ website.

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