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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'. This first edition is no longer available. A new revised, illustrated edition was published in 2017.
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Dr Berman is the author of a series of acclaimed books that place eighteenth-century freemasonry (and the origins of modern freemasonry) within a contemporary political and social context. He explains how the organisation became the most prominent fraternal society in America and Britain, and explores its interface with politics. Ric is a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University and holds a Doctorate in History from the University of Exeter and a Masters in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He was appointed Prestonian Lecturer in 2016 and researches, writes and speaks widely on eighteenth-century American, Irish and British history.
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