This powerful study weaves the story of Freemasonry into the
narrative of American religious history. Freighted with the
mythical legacies of stonemasonsOCO guilds and the Newtonian
revolution, English Freemasonry arrived in colonial America with a
vast array of cultural baggage, which was drawn on, added to, and
transformed during its sojourn through American culture. David G.
Hackett argues that from the 1730s through the early twentieth
century the religious worlds of an evolving American social order
broadly appropriated the beliefs and initiatory practices of this
all-male society. For much of American history, Freemasonry was
both counter and complement to Protestant churches, as well as a
forum for collective action among racial and ethnic groups outside
the European American Protestant mainstream. Moreover, the cultural
template of Freemasonry gave shape and content to the American
public sphere. By including a group not usually seen as a carrier
of religious beliefs and rituals, Hackett expands and complicates
the terrain of American religious history by showing how
Freemasonry in American has contributed to a broader understanding
of the multiple influences that have shaped religion in American
University of California Press
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David G. Hackett
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