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By David G. Hackett

This strong examine weaves the tale of Freemasonry into the narrative of yank non secular heritage. Freighted with the legendary legacies of stonemasons’ guilds and the Newtonian revolution, English Freemasonry arrived in colonial the US with an enormous array of cultural luggage, which was once drawn on, extra to, and remodeled in the course of its sojourn via American tradition. David G. Hackett argues that from the 1730s during the early 20th century the spiritual worlds of an evolving American social order widely appropriated the ideals and initiatory practices of this all-male society. for a lot of yank historical past, Freemasonry used to be either counter and supplement to Protestant church buildings, in addition to a discussion board for collective motion between racial and ethnic teams open air the ecu American Protestant mainstream. in addition, the cultural template of Freemasonry gave form and content material to the yank "public sphere." through together with a gaggle no longer often noticeable as a service of spiritual ideals and rituals, Hackett expands and complicates the terrain of yank spiritual historical past by means of exhibiting how Freemasonry has contributed to a broader figuring out of the a number of affects that experience formed faith in American culture.

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