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Revolutionary brotherhood : Freemasonry and the transformation of the American social order, 1730-1840 /
Steven C. Bullock.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1996.
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xviii, 421 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0807822825 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1996.
isbn
0807822825 (cloth : alk. paper)
general note
"Published for the Institute for Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia."
catalogue key
2906538
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-405) and index.
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A comprehensive history of the first century of Freemasonry in America.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-11-01:
Revolutionary Brotherhood is a painstaking study of the early social history of American speculative Freemasonry. Bullock's case depends on a creative juxtaposition of Colonial and early national sociology with his imaginative uses of official Masonic records. His Anglo-American Freemasonry is a yeasty compound of scientific rationalism, bourgeois social ascendancy, fraternal camaraderie, and a demotic obscurantism. Early British lodges, supported by mystifying dilettantes and aristocratic dabblers in the occult, became vital hubs of ambitious middle-class merchants, professionals, and congenial noblemen. Freemasonry offered important ameliorative defenses against a parlous modern economy, but early American lodges were principally local networks of the well-to-do bourgeoisie, who used Freemasonry as a warrant to claim an elite status otherwise missing from Colonial society. The American Revolution gave patriotic Masons a chance to exemplify the Republic's moderate ideals of virtuous meritocracy. As a result, many ambitious Americans joined and Masonic lodges grew exponentially for a generation. Bullock's account of how populistic, evangelistic, politically inventive anti-Masons deflated Freemasonry's claim to republican elitism is both timely and expert. Upper-division undergraduates and above. L. J. Mahoney Spokane Community College
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Any further inquires into the order of Freemasons in America will turn to this book as their starting point.Journal of American History
Any further inquires into the order of Freemasons in America will turn to this book as their starting point. Journal of American History
[A]ssuredly will be recognized as a landmark in the field.Journal of Social History
[A]ssuredly will be recognized as a landmark in the field. Journal of Social History
Bullock does an outstanding job linking Masonry to larger social and political developments. Journal of the Early Republic
[Bullock's] research is exhaustive, his argument learned and subtle, his prose clear, and his insights numerous.Pennsylvania History
[Bullock's] research is exhaustive, his argument learned and subtle, his prose clear, and his insights numerous. Pennsylvania History
The book's strength is its placement of Masonry in a variety of surrounding intellectual contexts. Journal of Southern History
The book s strength is its placement of Masonry in a variety of surrounding intellectual contexts. Journal of Southern History
The book'_¢s strength is its placement of Masonry in a variety of surrounding intellectual contexts. Journal of Southern History
The book'¢s strength is its placement of Masonry in a variety of surrounding intellectual contexts.Journal of Southern History
The book*s strength is its placement of Masonry in a variety of surrounding intellectual contexts. Journal of Southern History
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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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
List of Illustration
List of Tables
Introduction: Understanding Salem Town's Fraternity
Colonial Masonry
Newton and Necromancy: The Creation of the Masonic Fraternity
The Remains of the Mysterys of the Ancients
The Augustan Style
An Honour Much Courted of Late
The Appearance of So Many Gentlemen: Masonry and Colonial Elites, 1730-1776
The United Party for Virtue
The Greatest Order and Regularity
A Very Harmless Sort of People
The Revolutionary Transformation
Where Is Honour? The Rise of Ancient Masonry, 1752-1792
The Good Old Way
The Mason's Arms
The Country People
According to Their Rank: Masonry and the Revolution, 1775-1792
Great Trubles amonge Masons
Free and Independent
The Cares and Fatigues of the Soldier's Life
Republican Masonry
A New Order for the Ages: Public Values, 1790-1826
Temples of Virtue
The Great Instrument of Civilization
Around the Enlightened World
An Appearance of Sanctity: Religion, 1790-1826
Neutral Ground
Dedicated to the Worship of God
Spiritual Masonry
Cavils, Objections, and Calumnies
Preference in Many Particulars: Charity and Commerce, 1790-1826
The Most Charitable and Benevolent of the Human Race
Bound to Regard You as a Mason
In Almost Every Place Where Power is of Importance: Politics, 1790-1826
The Most Influential and Respectable men
We Have Nothing to Do with Politics
Men of All Parts of the Union Mingling Together
Into the Secret Place: Organization and Sacrilization, 1790-1826
The Lodge of Instruction
The Rugged Road
The Thick Veil
Masonry and Democracy
The Lion and the Crows: Antimasonry, 1826-1840
The Concentration of Great Numbers on a Single Point
A Stupendous Mirror
These Desperate Fanatics Epilogue: Losing the Right to Reverence: Masonry's Decline and Revival A Note on Masonic Sources Notes IndexIllustrations
George Washington
Masonic Temple
The Temple of Solomon
The Five Points of Fellowship
Les Free Masons
The Second Grand Anniversary Procession
Lodge Summons, Philadelphia Ancient Lodge No. 2
Saint Peter's Lodge Night
Membership Certificate, Rising States Lodge
Prostyle Temple
Tracing Board
University of North Carolina Cornerstone
Freemason's Heart Supported by Justice and Liberty
Membership Certificate, Alexandria Lodge
Tavern Sign
Advertisement, J. T. Jacobs and Co.
The Master's Carpet
The Fifth Libation
The Chamber of Reflection
The Masonic Minstrel
The Living Arch Three times Three
The Living Arch
Masonic Penalties
Antimasonic Apron
Master Mason's CertificateTables
Occupations of Modern Masons, Boston, and St. John's Members, Philadelphia, 1750-1770
Occupations of Ancient Masons, St. Andrew's Lodge, Boston, and Lodge No. 2, Phladelphia, 1752-1775
Summary of Occupations of Ancient and Moderns
Boston Masons in 1771 Provincial Tax
Philadelphia Masons in 1756 City Tax
Occupations of Port Royal Lodge Members
Public Offices of Port Royal Lodge Members
Military Ranks of Members of Three Lodges
Military Ranks of Lodge No. 19 (Ancient), Pennsylvania Artillery
Occupations Listed in Lexington Kentucky, Directory, 1806, and of Lodge Members, 1794-1810
Age at Membership of Jordan Lodge Members, Danvers, Massachusetts, 1808-1827
Occupations of Members of Ark Lodge, Geneva, New York, and Jordan Lodge Members, Danvers, Massachusetts, 1807-1827
Occupations of St. Andrew's Lodge, Boston, and Lodge No. 2, Philadelphia, 1790-1820
Occupations of Members of Holland Lodge No. 9
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