Freemasons and early america?
October 27, 2008 1:46 PM   Subscribe

Freemasons and the Founding Fathers of America/ links to early American history?!

I want to write a term paper on the influences of Freemasonry on the Founding Fathers and early American history(colonization to the first couple presidents). I'm NOT interested in any wild conspiracy theories, just historically documented facts.

However, before I talk with my instructor about this I want to be able to have some titles of books, or other resources for information available. Can anyone help me with that?
posted by Funky Claude to Education (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
I would recommend the book American Freemasons by Mark Tabbert. Tabbert discusses the specific masonic affiliations of many of the founding fathers (it has George Washington on the cover of the book). You should also check out Gordon Wood's The Radicalism of the American Revolution which talks about the way Masonry influenced the revolutionary ideology in the founding fathers. There is a lot of information on this topic out there.
posted by mattbucher at 1:59 PM on October 27, 2008


These folks should have some info for you. I have been there and it is a nice history museum run by the masons that has exhibits on freemasonry as well as general US history.
posted by TedW at 2:02 PM on October 27, 2008


Yeah, the Mark Tabbert book I suggest above is copublished by the National Heritage Museum. Tabbert has since moved to the George Washington National Masonic Memorial Museum. Whatever state you live in will have a Grand Lodge (with a library) that could be helpful for your research (although there is tons of info online and at any public library); just google Grand Lodge [STATE] and you'll find how to contact them.
posted by mattbucher at 2:09 PM on October 27, 2008


I love the Tabbert, and suggest Revolutionary Brotherhood, by Bullock, which covers 1730-1840 only.

I also second your local Grand Lodge - I went to mine while doing my MA thesis and they were totally happy to help (and pleased someone was interested.)
posted by cobaltnine at 2:54 PM on October 27, 2008


Thanks, to all three of you, for all the excellent suggestions so far. Those books look great!
posted by Funky Claude at 4:16 PM on October 27, 2008


These folks should have some info for you. I have been there and it is a nice history museum run by the masons that has exhibits on freemasonry as well as general US history.

Yes -- the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA is a good resource. The museum is located next door to and run by The Supreme Council, 33° | Scottish Rite Freemasonery | Northern Masonic Jurisdiction | United States.

Check out the museum's online library catalog for books/references.
posted by ericb at 6:02 PM on October 27, 2008


Another vote for the Tabbert; I bought it due to Matt's recommendation a few months ago. Really excellent book.
posted by mrbill at 6:32 PM on October 27, 2008


Call the Masonic Lodge in your town. Most have books that may be useful to you and that they may lend you. Best case, you may get a research partner out of the deal. One who knows a lot about this subject.
posted by ctmf at 8:06 PM on October 27, 2008


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