Quatuor Coronati Lodge: Our Next Meeting
Quatuor Coronati Lodge meets five times a year on the second Thursday in November (Installation); third Thursday in February; second Thursday in May; fourth Thursday in June; and second Thursday in September. Lodge meetings are usually held at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London.
Thursday, 13 May 2021
– The KKK, Freemasonry, and the Fraternal Press –
Since its Reconstruction-era inception in Pulaski, Tennessee, the infamous Ku Klux Klan (also referred to by the abbreviations KKK or the Klan) has been frequently characterized as a Southern US-based phenomenon. Its revival in 1915, however, was one of the most widespread and the group found appeal from the Atlantic seaboard to the West Coast. Adopting a structure reminiscent of well-known fraternal orders spread across the nation, the KKK joined in the post-World War I wave of social reform but espoused a fervent patriotism informed by militant Protestantism and white supremacy. Reminiscent of earlier nativist and anti-Catholic movements in both Europe and the US, the KKK deployed fearmongering and conspiracy theories to decry the country’s moral erosion at the hands of a ‘papal plot’ to use immigrants and social vices to undermine the social order. Promoting its campaign of ‘One Hundred Americanism’ as the antidote to these perceived corrosive influences, the Klan styled itself as the ‘World’s Greatest Secret, Social, Patriotic, Fraternal, Beneficiary Order’: an elite fraternity that was the inheritor of the American Masonic legacy. ‘The KKK, Freemasonry, and the Fraternal Press’ provides an overview of the social conditions that gave rise to the Klan in the early 20th century and the role of the press to assist it in positioning itself as an analogue and a successor to American Freemasonry. Adam also comments on how some US Grand Lodges interpreted and countered the Klan’s claims.
A written copy of the delivery paper can be viewed here.
The lecture is also available to view on QC’s YouTube channel.
We will be hosting a Zoom Q&A Webinar in which you can put questions to Adam. This will take place on May 13, 2021 in lieu of the regular Lodge meeting. You can log in from 3.45 PM London time.
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Adam Kendall is the editor of The Plumbline, the quarterly bulletin of the Scottish Rite Research Society, a team editor for their annual transactions, Heredom, and a member of their board of directors. A past master of San Francisco’s Phoenix Lodge No. 144 and the Northern California Research Lodge, Adam is a full member of Quatuor Coronati, in London, England, serving on the lodge’s editorial committee for Ars Quatuor Coronatorum and as Regional Secretary for QCCC in North America. He is a past president of the Masonic Library & Museum Association; and the former collections manager and curator of exhibits for the Henry W. Coil Library and Museum at the Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of California.
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