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Worksheet on Choosing a Topic

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

A. Briefly describe the library research that you did towards choosing a topic. Include at least two reference books that you used and three library card catalog subject headings that you found useful.

I found a few books that are detailed histories of Freemasonry in Revolutionary America during the late 18th century. There are three n=books that are actually historic records of Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4. One such book goes from 1752 – 2002. The Lodge in Fredericksburg was actually the home lodge of the first Commander-in-Chief, George Washington. There is a book by Gordon S. Wood that goes into detail of how radicalism affected politics during the time of the Revolution that will help me greatly on my topic.

B. Briefly describe the Internet research that you did. What words did you google successfully? Name at least one useful website. Do not include web based library card catalogs in this section.

http://users.crocker.com/~acacia/text_mabook_revolution.html Provides some great analysis of Wood’s book and also a bibliography. I searched “Freemasons and the American Revolution”

C. You should talk to at least one member of this history department about your topic, or at least an expert in your field. Name that expert and briefly describe his/her comments.

I spoke to Prof. Hudgins, but not about this topic yet. We had discussed some possibilities but the sources were too few and scattered.

D.You must have a primary source for this paper. Provide any pertinent information on that primary source including website and/or call number.

There are a few possibilities for Primary sources such as first hand accounts of Freemasonry activity in the Fredericksburg Lodge and periodicals of anti-masonic sentiment. The first primary source I came about was not in the Library at the time I went to check it out but should be there eventually.

E. Are enough secondary sources available on this topic? Tell me a bit about what you found.

The Internet is chalk full of Freemasonry information. The topic is very popular especially now because of Dan Brown’s books and the National Treasure films. Freemasonry is entrenched in early American politics and society so finding literature on the history, controversies and practices of  the Freemasons won’t be very difficult at all.

  1. Briefly describe the library research that you did towards choosing a topic. Include at least two reference books that you used and three library card catalog subject headings that you found useful.