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That Religion in Which All Men Agree: Freemasonry in American Culture

David G. Hackett


This book weaves the story of Freemasonry into the narrative of American religious history. Coming to colonial America freighted with the mythical legacies of stonemasons’ guilds and the Newtonian revolution, English Freemasonry brought with it a vast array of cultural baggage that was drawn upon in different ways, added to, and transformed during the fraternity’s sojourn in American culture. This study argues that from the 1730s through the early twentieth century, the changing beliefs and initiatory practices of this all-male society were broadly appropriated by the religious worlds of an ev ... More

Keywords: Freemasonry, public sphere, private, men, Protestant, Catholic, African American, Native American, Jew

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520281677
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520281677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David G. Hackett, author