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A Noble Fight

African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America

by Corey D.B. Walker

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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.


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Publisher: University of Illinois Press

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  • Release date: October 24, 2013

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  • ISBN: 9780252092770
  • Release date: October 24, 2013

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  • ISBN: 9780252092770
  • File size: 467 KB
  • Release date: October 24, 2013

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  • ISBN: 9780252092770
  • File size: 2804 KB
  • Release date: October 24, 2013

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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.


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