JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Summer 2015) ``The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.'' This volume helps us see more clearly a large span of this particularly significant arc. Ja ne E. Cal ver t is associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky and director and chief editor of the John Dickinson Writings Project. She is author of Quaker Constitutionalism and the Political Thought of John Dickinson (New York, 2009). That Religion in Which All Men Agree: Freemasonry in American Culture. By David G. Hackett. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014. 317 pp. Cloth, $49.95.) Reviewed by Andrew Johnson ``Where are the Men?'' (ix). This question puzzled David G. Hackett, professor of American Religious History at the University of Florida. Hackett asked the question after examining membership lists for churches in Albany, New York. What he discovered was that by 1830, 74 percent of the town's male workforce did not belong to a church. City directory lists pointed to males occupying an adjacent social sphere within society--a Masonic sphere. Hackett was searching for ``a male world that might broadly complement the Protestant women's sphere'' (ix). He noticed that Freemasonry performed
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Apr 29, 2015
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