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Title: Lewis Hayden

Speaker or author: Hayden, Lewis, 1815-1889

Newspaper or publication: Boston Athenaeum -- Pamphlet Collection

Lengthy speech regarding the status of freed African Americans within the order of Freemasonry. The speaker stressed concern over growing racial prejudice within the order. He was also concerned that President Andrew Johnson was not doing anything to combat the increasing racial prejudice within the U.S. The speaker paid special attention to the wording of the Freemason doctrine regarding membership. He also gave a brief history of the order, including its goals, moral obligations and social commitment. This speech contains valuable information regarding the influence of Freemasonry in the founding of the U. S.

Description of file(s): PDF 56 page, 17,480 word document (text and images)

Date published: 1865-12-27

Subjects: Abolitionists--United States; African American abolitionists; Antislavery movements--United States; Slavery; United States--History--19th century

Keywords: African Lodge; Andrew Johnson; Benjamin Bannekar; Benjamin Franklin; bondman; book of Constitutions; Boston Smith; Chase's Masonic Digest; Christianity; education; England; free birth; freeborn; Freedmen's Bureau; Freemasonry; George Washington; government; Grand Lodge; Great Britain; Hayti; James Anderson; John T. Hilton; John W. Simons; Joshua Woodland; Marquis Lafayette; Mason; Masonic Lodge; prejudice; Prince Hall; South Carolina; Thomas Sanderson; Virginia; West Indies; William Wilberforce

People: Anderson, James; Bannekar, Benjamin; Franklin, Benjamin; Hall, Prince; Hilton, John T.; Johnson, Andrew; Lafayette, Marquis; Sanderson, Thomas; Simons, John W.; Smith, Boston; Washington, George; Wilberforce, William; Woodland, Joshua

Organization: Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons

Publication type: Speeches; Text

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