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Valley of the Craftsmen
A Pictorial History
Scottish Freemasonry in America's Southern Jurisdiction, 1801–2001

Edited by William L. Fox

A pictorial look at the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

Founded in 1801, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is the premier international fraternal order of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For more than two hundred years, Freemasonry in America helped define social and cultural arrangements that affected the development of civic life and philanthropic institutions.

In Valley of the Craftsmen, the story of "higher degree" Freemasonry is depicted through portraits, official papers, material objects, photographs, buildings, and stagecraft. Featuring many previously unpublished images, Valley of the Craftsmen begins with rare illustrations of the English and French philosophical sources that were projected upon an American landscape vitalized and transformed by the concept of fraternity. The story is framed by American popular culture and the serious private effort of individual men in small towns and expansive cities who were intent on developing a moral life in service to their communities.

When the Scottish Rite was officially organized in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1801, its founders and leaders were drawn almost in equal portions from Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant faith communities—an impressive early example of American values, diversity, and religious tolerance. The valley inhabited by members of the Scottish Rite, however, was not always green or free of difficulty. Touched by the first third party in American political history (the anti-Masonic Party), the Civil War, the Red Scare of 1919, the Holocaust, and the rebuilding of societies in Europe and Asia after 1945, Valley of the Craftsmen provides a pictorial history of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America at the beginning of a new millenium.

William L. Fox is acting vice-president for enrollment management at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of St. Lawrence, Harvard, and George Washington Universities, Fox is the author of a full-scale history of American Freemasonry, Lodge of the Double-Head Eagle, and is the founding and general editor of a ten-volume series, Studies in Church History. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.



book jacket for Valley of the Craftsmen


10 x 12
269 pages
375 illus.
ISBN 978-0-97087-491-7
hardcover, $75.00t
Distributed for the Supreme Council, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction

The Bookbuilders of Boston Book Show Winners award for their Pictorial category


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