A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry And The Struggle For Democracy In America

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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 | November 11, 2008 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 in

Published: November 11, 2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0252033655

ISBN - 13: 9780252033650

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry And The Struggle For Democracy In America

by Corey D. B. Walker

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 in

Published: November 11, 2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0252033655

ISBN - 13: 9780252033650

About the Book

A critical investigation into the associational culture of African American freemasonry

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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.

About the Author

Corey D. B. Walker is an assistant professor in the department of Africana Studies at Brown University.

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"A valuable contribution to our understanding of the relationship between Masonic cultural and institutional forms and the struggle for democracy among African Americans."--Journal of African American Studies
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