Synopses & Reviews
A Noble Fight examines the metaphors and meanings behind the African American appropriation of the culture, ritual, and institution of freemasonry in navigating the contested domain of American democracy. Combining cultural and political theory with extensive archival research--including the discovery of a rare collection of nineteenth-century records of an African American Freemason Lodge--Corey D. B. Walker provides an innovative perspective on American politics and society during the long transition from slavery to freedom. With great care and detail, Walker argues that African American freemasonry provides a critical theoretical lens for understanding the distinctive ways African Americans have constructed a radically democratic political imaginary through racial solidarity and political nationalism, forcing us to reconsider much more circumspectly the complex relationship between voluntary associations and democratic politics.
"An astounding reinterpretation of the roots of the black Masonic movement."--The Journal of American History
"A valuable contribution to our understanding of the relationship between Masonic cultural and institutional forms and the struggle for democracy among African Americans."--Journal of African American Studies
A critical investigation into the associational culture of African American freemasonry
About the Author
Corey D. B. Walker is an assistant professor in the department of Africana Studies at Brown University.