Masons and the Making of America

Before you read Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol read the fascinating true history of the Masons in America.


Today, Freemasonry is a quieter organization, more given to charity events than grand political or religious causes. But, historically, its voice and principles strengthened America's founding commitment to the individual's pursuit of meaning. It is not going too far to suggest that Masonry saw America as a republic that protected the spiritual search—from majority rule, from foreign meddling, and from sectarian restriction. Beyond our current fascination with symbolism and secrecy, that ideal represents Freemasonry's highest contribution to our national life.

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