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A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America
by Corey D. B. Walker
University of Illinois Press, 2008
eISBN: 978-0-252-09277-0 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03365-0
Library of Congress Classification HS883.W33 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 366.108996073

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A Noble Fight examines the metaphors and meanings behind the African American appropriation of the culture, ritual, and institution of freemasonry in navigating the contested domain of American democracy. Combining cultural and political theory with extensive archival research--including the discovery of a rare collection of nineteenth-century records of an African American Freemason Lodge--Corey D. B. Walker provides an innovative perspective on American politics and society during the long transition from slavery to freedom. With great care and detail, Walker argues that African American freemasonry provides a critical theoretical lens for understanding the distinctive ways African Americans have constructed a radically democratic political imaginary through racial solidarity and political nationalism, forcing us to reconsider much more circumspectly the complex relationship between voluntary associations and democratic politics.

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