History Of Freemasonry In Virginia

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This book, a product of collaboration and cooperation between two non-Masonic historians and the Grand Lodge of Virginia, is an objective, comprehensive study of the history of Freemasonry in the state of Virginia. The authors relate a fascinating chronicle of Freemasonry, from its British origins two hundred years ago to today. Along the way, they describe the colorful figures who populate this history and debunk many myths about Freemasonry.

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Overview

This book, a product of collaboration and cooperation between two non-Masonic historians and the Grand Lodge of Virginia, is an objective, comprehensive study of the history of Freemasonry in the state of Virginia. The authors relate a fascinating chronicle of Freemasonry, from its British origins two hundred years ago to today. Along the way, they describe the colorful figures who populate this history and debunk many myths about Freemasonry.

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Editorial Reviews

The Virginia Magazine
The book's strength lies not in its myth busting...but in Rutyna and Stewart's highly detailed study of the membership and organization of the Masonic lodges in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
— John David Bladek
Journal Of Southern History
This meticulous history of Virginia's Freemasonry from its beginnings in the eighteenth century into the 1990s indicates that individual Masons played a fundamental role in Virginia's important political moments and controversies. . .
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...exhaustively researched...should enhance further study of the role of Freemasonry in American society. H.M. Ward, University of Richmond
The Journal Of Southern History
This meticulous history of Virginia's Freemasonry from its beginnings in the eighteenth century into the 1990s indicates that individual Masons played a fundamental role in Virginia's important political moments and controversies. . .
The Journal of Southern History
This meticulous history of Virginia's Freemasonry from its beginnings in the eighteenth century into the 1990s indicates that individual Masons played a fundamental role in Virginia's important political moments and controversies. . .
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...exhaustively researched...should enhance further study of the role of Freemasonry in American society. H.M. Ward, University of Richmond
The Virginia Magazine - John David Bladek
"The book's strength lies not in its myth busting...but in Rutyna and Stewart's highly detailed study of the membership and organization of the Masonic lodges in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761811305
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 1.44 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Rutyna is Associate Professor of History, Emeritus at Old Dominion University. Peter C. Stewart is Associate Professor of History, Emeritus, at Old Dominion University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Mists of History 1
2 Masonic Myths and Legends 19
3 A Light Arises in the East 29
4 Laying a Proper Foundation 45
5 Tiling the Lodges, Part I 53
6 Tiling the Lodges, Part II 83
7 Laying the Cornerstone of the Nation 115
8 Leveling the Cornerstone 133
9 Soldiers, Intellectuals, and Clergymen 155
10 An Apprentice among Nations 175
11 Freemasonry and the Arts 191
12 Surveying Eastern Virginia 215
13 Traversing the Transmontane 233
14 That Morgan Matter 245
15 Morganism and Other Manias 253
16 The Grand Lodge and Other Bodies 265
17 The Age of Romanticism 275
18 The Reform Impulse 285
19 Era of the Civil War 299
20 Not by Bread Alone 319
21 "A Lodge on Wheels" 329
22 Roads More and Less Traveled 343
23 Men Who Lead Useful Lives 357
24 Democracy and Masonry Put to the Test 373
25 Virginia Freemasonry in the Modern Era, 1947-1997 385
App. A Virginia Grand Masters, 1778-1997 415
App. B Living Past Grand Masters, 1997 423
App. C Virginia Membership by Lodge, 1801-1850 425
App. D Membership of Grand Lodge of Virginia, 1800-1950 433
Notes 435
Bibliography of Sources Cited 527
Index 551
About the Authors 563
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