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Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840
     

Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840

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by Steven C. Bullock
 

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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

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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

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
[A]ssuredly will be recognized as a landmark in the field.

Journal of Social History

The book's strength is its placement of Masonry in a variety of surrounding intellectual contexts.

Journal of Southern History

Any further inquires into the order of Freemasons in America will turn to this book as their starting point.

Journal of American History

[Bullock's] research is exhaustive, his argument learned and subtle, his prose clear, and his insights numerous.

Pennsylvania History

Bullock does an outstanding job linking Masonry to larger social and political developments.

Journal of the Early Republic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807899854
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
5 MB

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In Revolutionary Brotherhood, Steven Bullock has proven our foremost guide through the vast forest of complexity and meaning that is early American Freemasonry. . . . One of the few indispensable books on the subject.—Mark C. Carnes, Barnard College, Columbia University

This richly researched book is certain to become the standard work on antebellum Masonry. . . . Bullock's careful approach enables him to catch the subtleties of Masonic thought very well. The book's strength is its placement of Masonry in a variety of surrounding intellectual contexts. . . . A stimulating and thoughtful portrait of early Masonry.—Journal of Southern History

Bullock does an outstanding job linking Masonry to larger social and political developments. . . . There is much to learn in this eloquent book. Bullock offers keen insights to popular views of science, history, art and religion in the early republic, as well as exploring the fate of revolutionary fraternalism.—Journal of the Early Republic

Meet the Author

Steven C. Bullock is associate professor of history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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