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Seeds of Community, Seeds of Democracy

The frontier Baptist churches of the 18th and 19th centuries were self-governing democratic communities.  As each new church was founded, its founding members met to draw up a constitution, setting out the articles of belief to which they all subscribed; a covenant, setting out the ways they would treat each other; and a set of […]

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Freemasonry and Reconciliation in Moore County

They saw themselves as building a new republic.  But in Moore County, North Carolina, their first task was to heal a community. Before the Revolution, the Masonic lodges of the coastal cities had helped to train the leaders of those cities in the skills of gentlemanly behavior, creating a cohesive elite whose members were bound […]

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