All Men Free and Brethren: Essays on the History of African American Freemasonry

All Men Free and Brethren: Essays on the History of African American Freemasonry

By: Stephen Kantrowitz (editor), Peter P. Hinks (editor), Leslie A. Lewis (foreword_author)Hardback

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In early March 1775, an Irish soldier initiated a dozen or more black Bostonian men into a lodge of Freemasons, making them probably the first people of African descent formally admitted into Freemasonry in the Atlantic world. Prince Hall, a freedman, would emerge as the leader of this group as they worked together to establish a tradition of African American Freemasonry that has persisted ever since-a tradition that still carries his name. All Men Free and Brethren is the first in-depth historical consideration of Prince Hall freemasonry from the Revolutionary era to the early decades of the twentieth century. Through a growing network of lodges, African American Masons together promoted fellowship, Christianity, and social respectability, while standing against slavery and white supremacy. The contributors to this book examine key aspects in the history of the Prince Hall Masons, from accounts of specific lodges and leaders to broader themes in African American history: abolitionist activism, the limits of freedom during Reconstruction, political oration, the role of women in the black community, and relationships between Masonry and African American churches. Also included are several appendixes containing key texts from Prince Hall Masonry, a glossary of Masonic terms, and lists of archival repositories and contact information for present-day lodges. Edited by Peter P. Hinks and Stephen Kantrowitz, All Men Free and Brethren is a major contribution of the history of Freemasonry, African American history, and the broader history of race, citizenship, and community in the United States. Contributors: Brittney C. Cooper, Rutgers University; David Hackett, University of Florida; Peter P. Hinks; Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Leslie A. Lewis, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Chernoh M. Sesay, Jr., DePaul University; Martin Summers, Boston College; Mark Tabbert, George Washington Masonic National Memorial; Corey D. B. Walker, Brown University; Julie Winch, University of Massachusetts-Boston

About Author

Peter P. Hinks is the author of To Awaken My Afflicted Brethren: David Walker and the Problem of Antebellum Slave Resistance. He has worked extensively as a public historian, editor, and teacher. Stephen Kantrowitz is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889 and Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy. Leslie A. Lewis is 66th Grand Master of Masons, of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Jurisdiction of Massachusetts.


Foreword by Les Lewis, Grand Master, Prince Hall Freemasons Preface A Chronology of Major Events in Prince Hall Freemasonry Introduction: The Revolution in Freemasonry by Peter P. Hinks and Stephen Kantrowitz 1. Emancipation and the Social Origins of Black Freemasonry, 1775-1800 by Chernoh M. Sesay, Jr. 2. "To Commence a New Era in the Moral World": John Telemachus Hilton, Abolitionism, and the Expansion of Black Freemasonry, 1784-1860 by Peter P. Hinks 3. "A Late Thing I Guess"-The Early Years of Philadelphia's African Masonic Lodge by Julie Winch 4. Nation and Oration: The Political Language of African American Freemasonry in the Early Republic by Corey D. B. Walker 5. "Arguing for Our Race": The Politics of Non-recognition and the Public Nature of the Black Masonic Archive by Martin Summers 6. Brotherhood Denied: Black Freemasonry and the Limits of Reconstruction by Stephen Kantrowitz 7. "They Are Nevertheless Our Brethren": The Order of Eastern Star and the Battle for Women's Leadership, 1874-1925 by Brittney C. Cooper 8. The Prince Hall Masons and the African-American Church: The Labors of Grand Master and Bishop James Walker Hood, 1831-1918 by David Hackett Appendix A: Three Key Texts of Prince Hall Masonry Appendix B: Glossary of Basic Masonic Terminology Appendix C: Major Repositories of Prince Hall Masonic History Appendix D: United States Prince Hall Grand Lodge Contact Information Contributors Notes Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780801450303
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780801450303
  • weight: 539
  • ISBN10: 0801450306

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