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Some Recent Library Acquisitions on Freemasonry and Fraternalism

Better Angels of Our Nature cover Listed below are some recent acquisitions - many newly published - on the subject of Freemasonry, fraternalism, gender, masculinity, and conspiracism acquired since June 2009 by the National Heritage Museum's Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives. You can find all of these titles (and more) by searching the library's online catalog.

And, of course, we’ve got plenty of great new American history titles, as well as periodical subscriptions that include Heredom, Ars Quatuor Coronatorum (AQC), Philalethes, and The Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism, which all contain great, current research on the subject of Freemasonry.

(Note: titles below are linked to publisher's descriptions on publisher's websites.)

Abel, Sheri Lyn. Charles Testut's Le Vieux Salomon: Race, Religion, Socialism, and Freemasonry. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2009.

Barkun, Michael. A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America. Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press, 2003.

Berry, Robert. The Bright Mason: An American Mystery. [Chicago?]: R. Berry, 2008.

Beyer, Thomas R. 33 Keys to Unlocking The Lost Symbol: A Reader's Companion to the Dan Brown Novel. New York: Newmarket Press, 2010.

Brown, Dan. The Lost Symbol: A Novel. New York: Doubleday, 2009.

Bush, A. E., P. L. Dorman, and John William Graves. History of the Mosaic Templars of America: Its Founders and Officials. Fayetteville, Ark: University of Arkansas Press, 2008.

Carnes, Mark C., and Clyde Griffen. Meanings for Manhood: Constructions of Masculinity in Victorian America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Cooper, Robert L. D. Cracking the Freemasons Code: The Truth About Solomon's Key and the Brotherhood. New York: Atria books, 2007.

Cox, Simon. Decoding the Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Expert Guide to the Facts Behind the Fiction. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009.

Dafoe, Stephen. Morgan: The Scandal That Shook Freemasonry. New Orleans, LA: Cornerstone Book Publishers, 2009.

Davis, David Brion. The Fear of Conspiracy: Images of Un-American Subversion from the Revolution to the Present. Ithaca [N.Y.]: Cornell University Press, 1971.

Eisner, Lisa, and Glenn O'Brien. Shriners. [Los Angeles, Calif.]: Greybull Press, 2004.

Eisner, Will, and Umberto Eco. The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005.

Emery, George Neil, and John Charles Herbert Emery. A Young Man's Benefit: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Sickness Insurance in the United States and Canada, 1860-1929. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999.

Factor, R. Lance. Chapel in the Sky: Knox College's Old Main and Its Masonic Architect. Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010.

Frank, Stephen M. Life with Father: Parenthood and Masculinity in the Nineteenth-Century American North. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Godbeer, Richard. The Overflowing of Friendship: Love between Men and the Creation of the American Republic. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

Goldwag, Arthur. Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies: The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, the Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Black Helicopters, the New World Order, and Many, Many More. New York: Vintage Books, 2009.

Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas. The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Halleran, Michael A. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Freemasonry in the American Civil War. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2010.

Hamblin, William James, and David Rolph Seely. Solomon's Temple: Myth and History. London: Thames & Hudson, 2007.

Harrison, David. The Genesis of Freemasonry. Hersham, Surrey: Lewis Masonic, 2009.

Johansen, Shawn. Family Men: Middle-Class Fatherhood in Early Industrializing America. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Kinney, Jay. The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry. New York, N.Y.: HarperOne, 2009.

Moore, Duncan. A Guide to Masonic Symbolism. Addlestone: Lewis, 2008.

Nance, Susan. How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream, 1790-1935. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Neem, Johann N. Creating a Nation of Joiners: Democracy and Civil Society in Early National Massachusetts. Harvard historical studies, 163. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2008.

Pipes, Daniel. Conspiracy: How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From. New York: Free Press, 1997.

Proctor, Tammy M., and Nelson R. Block. Scouting Frontiers: Youth and the Scout Movement's First Century. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Pub, 2009.

Stauffer, Vernon. The Bavarian Illuminati in America: The New England Conspiracy Scare, 1798. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 2006. [Full-text of original 1918 edition available online.]

Stott, Richard Briggs. Jolly Fellows: Male Milieus in Nineteenth-Century America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

Summers, Martin Anthony. Manliness and Its Discontents: The Black Middle Class and the Transformation of Masculinity, 1900-1930. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Sutherland, Denise, and Mark E. Koltko-Rivera. Cracking Codes & Cryptograms for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2010.

Syrett, Nicholas L. The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Taillon, Paul Michel. Good, Reliable, White Men: Railroad Brotherhoods, 1877-1917. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Uzzel, Robert L. Éliphas Lévi and the Kabbalah: The Masonic and French Connection of the American Mystery Tradition. Lafayette, La: Cornerstone Book Publishers, 2006.

Wasserman, James. The Secrets of Masonic Washington: A Guidebook to Signs, Symbols, and Ceremonies at the Origin of America's Capital. Rochester, Vt: Destiny Books, 2008.

Weber, John, Patrick Huyghe, and Michael Bober. An Illustrated Guide to The Lost Symbol. New York: Pocket Books, 2009.


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