Loyalists & Malcontents traces the origins of freemasonry in South Carolina and Georgia and explains how the lodges at Charleston and Savannah gained status through the prominence of their members. Other clubs and societies may have been more exclusive but none had the antiquity and reputation of freemasonry that allowed it to carve out a leading position in Southern Society.
Ric Berman explores the cousinage of planters, merchants and lawyers that dominated the Deep South and offers pen portraits of the patriots and loyalists that gave freemasonry its influence. The book sheds a new light on the origins of American freemasonry, and discusses Southern attitudes towards race and slavery. It also assesses America's shift away from the 'Moderns', the original Grand Lodge of England, towards 'Antients Freemasonry'.
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Ric Berman is the author of Foundations of Modern Freemasonry, (2011, second edn. 2014) and Schism (2013): 'two of the most important recently published books on freemasonry'. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Doctorate in History from the University of Exeter. He continued his research into the social and political aspects of freemasonry as a Senior Visiting Researcher at the University of Oxford's Modern European History Research Centre and as a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. Ric lives with his family in Oxfordshire, England, and is currently completing 'French Connections: Diplomacy, Espionage & the Lodge'. He was the Prestonian Lecturer for 2016 and his lecture - 'Foundations' - now published - sets the context for the 300th anniversary of the founding of the world's first Grand Lodge, the Grand Lodge of England.
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