From George Washington to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code
, the Freemasons have influenced the United States in many surprising ways.
With nearly half the world’s six million Freemasons, America has felt the group’s impact more deeply and broadly than any other country. Now, in the only book to explore the power that Freemasonry has wielded in the U.S., the author of Freemasons: Inside the World’s Oldest Secret Society looks deep into the realms of the Craft in the United States, from colonial times to today, and reveals its fascinating and often formidable history.
Since Benjamin Franklin helped to establish the very first American lodge in Philadelphia, some twenty-five U.S. Presidents, including George Washington, Andrew Jackson, and Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and thirty-five Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall, have been Freemasons. From soldiers and politicians to social and cultural leaders, H. Paul Jeffers profiles the lives of these powerful men and examines the organization’s bitterly hostile relationship with the Roman Catholic Church--and why it has banned the faithful from becoming Freemasons. Jeffers also investigates the undeniable impact the American Masons have had on our nation’s founding documents, as well as the compelling story of the Knights Templar--from the Crusades to The Da Vinci Code. Also included is a rich history of African-American masonry, featuring such legends as author Booker T. Washington, Nat King Cole, and Alex Haley.
Using historical anecdotes and incisive analysis, this timely and insightful portrait separates the myths surrounding Freemasonry from the facts, offering a unique insider’s view into what American Freemasonry was, is, and will be tomorrow.
H. Paul Jeffers has published more than 50 works of fiction and nonfiction, including Freemasons: Inside the World’s Secret Society, biographies of presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Grover Cleveland, New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, Diamond Jim Brady, and others. He lives in Manhattan.