A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle by Corey D. B. Walker

By Corey D. B. Walker

A Noble Fight examines the metaphors and meanings in the back of the African American appropriation of the tradition, ritual, and establishment of freemasonry in navigating the contested area of yankee democracy. Combining cultural and political idea with vast archival research--including the invention of a unprecedented choice of nineteenth-century documents of an African American Freemason Lodge--Corey D. B. Walker offers an leading edge viewpoint on American politics and society through the lengthy transition from slavery to freedom. With nice care and element, Walker argues that African American freemasonry offers a severe theoretical lens for figuring out the particular methods African american citizens have built a substantially democratic political imaginary via racial cohesion and political nationalism, forcing us to think again even more circumspectly the advanced courting among voluntary institutions and democratic politics.

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