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That Religion in Which All Men AgreeFreemasonry in American Culture$
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David G. Hackett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281677

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281677.001.0001

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Anti-Masonry and the Public Sphere, 1826–1850

Anti-Masonry and the Public Sphere, 1826–1850

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(p.111) 4 Anti-Masonry and the Public Sphere, 1826–1850
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That Religion in Which All Men Agree
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David G. Hackett

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520281677.003.0005

At the peak of the fraternity’s influence in the 1820s, the lodges were brought to their knees by the purported murder of someone who threatened to reveal their secrets. Within a matter of months, the fourth chapter recounts, Freemasons were “revealed” to be a political and religious threat to the “common man” and evangelical Christianity. The ensuing Antimasonic campaign, spurred by an expanding print culture and democratizing ethos, laid bare a larger battle over Christian identity. At the same time that radical evangelicals sought to purge Masons from their churches, the fraternity’s liberal religious themes were gaining ascendance within most Protestant churches. The conflict over Freemasonry further revealed developing class and religious divisions within “women’s sphere.”

Keywords:   Freemasonry, evangelical, antimasonry, liberal, class, women’s sphere, Protestant

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