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By Corey D. B. Walker

A Noble Fight examines the metaphors and meanings in the back of the African American appropriation of the tradition, ritual, and establishment of freemasonry in navigating the contested area of yank democracy. Combining cultural and political conception with broad archival research--including the invention of an extraordinary number of nineteenth-century files of an African American Freemason Lodge--Corey D. B. Walker presents an cutting edge viewpoint on American politics and society through the lengthy transition from slavery to freedom. With nice care and element, Walker argues that African American freemasonry presents a serious theoretical lens for figuring out the distinct methods African americans have developed a appreciably democratic political imaginary via racial cohesion and political nationalism, forcing us to reassess even more circumspectly the complicated dating among voluntary institutions and democratic politics.

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