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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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Gender, Protestants, and Freemasonry, 1850–1920

Gender, Protestants, and Freemasonry, 1850–1920

(p.125) 5 Gender, Protestants, and Freemasonry, 1850–1920
That Religion in Which All Men Agree

David G. Hackett

University of California Press

During the late nineteenth century, a chastened Freemasonry continued it growth, though now within a profusion of new fraternal orders. Though never again to hold a prominent place in American public life, Freemasons continued to cultivate a private world of ritual meaning separate from the tumult of early industrial capitalism and the pious, female world of the home. Over time, the fifth chapter suggests, these two gendered worlds moved more closely together. By the end of the century, though the fraternity’s antimodernist beliefs and practices diverged from late nineteenth-century liberal Protestantism, few Christians remained noticeably opposed to Freemasonry. This acceptance, even attraction, of Freemasonry within the churches was underscored by the early twentieth-century re-masculinization of some Protestant churches.

Keywords:   Freemasonry, fraternal orders, private, public, ritual, antimodern, liberal, Protestant, re-masculinization

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