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In the first comprehensive history of the fraternity known to outsiders primarily for its secrecy and rituals, Steven Bullock traces Freemasonry through its first century in America. He follows the order from its origins in Britain and its introduction into North America in the 1730s to its near-destruction by a massive anti-Masonic movement almost a century later and its subsequent reconfiguration into the brotherhood we know today. With a membership that included Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Paul Revere, and Andrew Jackson, Freemasonry is fascinating in its own right, but Bullock also places the movement at the center of the transformation of American society and culture from the colonial era to the rise of Jacksonian democracy. Using lodge records, members' reminiscences and correspondence, and local and Masonic histories, Bullock links Freemasonry with the changing ideals of early American society. Although the fraternity began among colonial elites, its spread during the Revolution and afterward allowed it to play an important role in shaping the new nation's ideas of liberty and equality. Ironically, however, the more inclusive and universalist Masonic ideas became, the more threatening its members' economic and emotional bonds seemed to outsiders, sparking an explosive attack on the fraternity after 1826. American History

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Contents
  2. p. xi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. xv
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction. Understanding Salem Town's Fraternity
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part One. Colonial Masonry
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. Chapter One: Newton and Necromancy: The Creation of the Masonic Fraternity
  2. pp. 9-49
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  1. Chapter Two: The Appearance of So Many Gentlemen: Masonry and Colonial Elites, 1730–1776
  2. pp. 50-82
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  1. Part Two. The Revolutionary Transformation
  2. pp. 83-84
  1. Chapter Three: Where Is Honour? The Rise of Ancient Masonry, 1752–1792
  2. pp. 85-108
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  1. Chapter Four: According to Their Rank: Masonry and the Revolution, 1775–1792
  2. pp. 109-134
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  1. Part Three. Republican Masonry
  2. pp. 135-136
  1. Chapter Five: A New Order for the Ages: Public Values, 1790–1826
  2. pp. 137-162
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  1. Chapter Six: An Appearance of Sanctity: Religion, 1790–1826
  2. pp. 163-183
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  1. Chapter Seven: Preference in Many Particulars: Charity and Commerce, 1790–1826
  2. pp. 184-219
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  1. Chapter Eight: In Almost Every Place Where Power Is of Importance: Politics, 1790–1826
  2. pp. 220-238
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  1. Chapter Nine: Into the Secret Place: Organization and Sacrilization, 1790–1826
  2. pp. 239-274
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  1. Part Four. Masonry and Democracy
  2. pp. 275-276
  1. Chapter Ten: The Lion and the Crows: Antimasonry, 1826–1840
  2. pp. 277-308
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  1. Epilogue. Losing the Right to Reverence: Masonry's Decline and Revival
  2. pp. 309-320
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  1. A Note on Masonic Sources
  2. pp. 321-324
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 325-406
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 407-421
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469603483
Related ISBN(s)
9780807822821, 9780807847503, 9780807899854
MARC Record
OCLC
966925011
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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