Three Centuries of Building
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.
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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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