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"A system of morality veiled in allegory" : the private rituals and public performances of Freemasons in Winnipeg, 1864-1900

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dc.contributor.author Covernton, Gillian en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-30T21:37:18Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-30T21:37:18Z
dc.date.issued 2005-08-01T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier (Sirsi) 22002 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/3300
dc.description.abstract The influential role of the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons in the development of the province of Manitoba and city of Winnipeg represents a gap in historiography. Between 1864 and 1900 Masonry in Manitoba evolved from a small fraternal organisation to a large group on the precipice of establishing significant influence in Winnipeg. A mainly British, business elite politically and economically dominated Winnipeg and many of these men held membership in the Masons. Masonry had already been established as a respectable and exclusive institution in the rest of Canada, England and in the United States but Masonry in Manitoba was unique because of its faux secrecy. The commercial elite strove to establish themselves as a social elite and legitimated their claim to respectable status by privately and publicly performing the rituals of Masonry. Masonry in Manitoba was used as a tool for negotiating status and respectability at a moment in Winnipeg's history where both were not assured and the culture of professionalism was beginning to inform the values that would define the middle class. An analysis of Masonry as a system of moral and ethical instruction in Manitoba is necessary to an understanding of the construction of Victorian culture in early Winnipeg. en_US
dc.format.extent [iv], 107 leaves : en_US
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dc.language null en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.rights The reproduction of this thesis has been made available by authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research, and may only be reproduced and copied as permitted by copyright laws or with express written authorization from the copyright owner. en_US
dc.title "A system of morality veiled in allegory" : the private rituals and public performances of Freemasons in Winnipeg, 1864-1900 en_US
dc.degree.discipline History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US


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