American Freemasons

Three Centuries of Building Communities

by Mark A. Tabbert

What exactly is Freemasonry?  Why have three centuries of American men - from Paul Revere and Ben Franklin to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Harry Truman and Thurgood Marshall - been drawn to its rituals, symbols, and precepts?  And why did John Quincy Adams call it "a seed of evil, which can never produce any good"?

With over four million members worldwide, and two million in the United States, Freemasonry is the largest fraternal organization in the world.  Local groups of Masons meet in lodges, of which there are more than 13,000 in the United States.

Published in conjunction with the National Heritage Museum, this extravagantly illustrated volume offers an overview of Freemasonry's origins in 17th-century Scotland and England before exploring its evolving role in American history, from the Revolution through the labor and civil rights movement, and into the 21st century.  American Freemasons explores some of the causes for the rise and fall of membership in the fraternity and why for centuries attracted men in such large numbers.  Mark Tabbert also explores the relationship between the privacy of a Masonic lodge and the public environment of the American community.

American Freemasons is the perfect introduction to understanding a society that, while shrouded in mystery, has played an integral role in the lives and communities of millions of Americans and in American history itself.

Note from the curator at Phoenixmasonry:  This book will be of interest to many...  from beginning Masons who want a roadmap of the craft, to the experienced Mason who needs a review, and especially to the non-Mason who wants an unbiased look into the fraternity known as Freemasonry.  It's all here in one beautifully illustrated edition.  As curator of fraternal collections at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts, Mark Tabbert has written a factual history of the growth and expansion of Freemasonry in the United States and how its honorable traditions continue to influence and build character in young men today.  Click on the Amazon link below and buy this book... I assure you that you won't be disappointed!  David Lettelier, 06-17-05

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