For this essay, we will build on the
previous set of skills that you used on the first assignment. You
are again to adopt a particular role in your writing of this essay, but
in this case you will need to exercise some choice as to which role you
wish to play. You are to choose one of the lodges discussed in Living the Enlightenment
the Grand Lodge in London and envision yourself as a senior member of
this organization contemplating a revions of the constitutions and
history of your organization sometime between 1760 and 1790. You
have decided that the template for your revision must be James
Anderson's 1723 Constitutions, but that this work will need revision in
several respects. Specifically you want to adapt the rules to the
social forces swirling around you at the time of your writing and you
need at the very least to add to and possibly alter aspects of the
history of the Freemasons as reconstructred by Anderson. Thus,
your paper should consist of three elements: a complete list of rules
for behavior, a revision of the history of the Freemasons, and
arguments that justify your decisions in terms of the social,
political, and economic forces of your time. You should use only Living the Enlightenment
online version Anderson's work attached to this assignment description.
Here is the link for the portal to Anderson's 1723 Constitutions
- Please note that this link takes you to the Grand Lodge of
Columbia and Yukon's web-site and that you will need to click on one of
two further links located on the upper lefthand side of the page
entitled: "1734 Edition" (a web-based version) and "1734 PDF" (a pdf
file and preferred as you can check its provenance, i.e. origins, more
easily; you will be using the version published by Benjamin Franklin,
himself a Freemason and a follower of the Antients movement).
- I assume that most of you know how to cite Living the Enlightenment, though I
include it too to illustrate the short form of the Anderson text, but
those unsure here is the way to format the main entry footnote (i.e.
the formatting necessary for the first time you cite a source) for
together with the other forms of citation. The hypothetical
example here provides you footnotes 1-5 for a paper. Note well, I
the hollow bullet-points are not part of the formatting so do not
emulate them in your footnotes please.
- 1. James Anderson, The
Constitutions of the Free-Masons (1734): An Online Electronic Edition,
edited by Paul Royster (Lincoln, NE: Digital Commons@University of
Nebraska - Lincoln, 2006), page number(s) you have
used use only a number or
numbers, do not use p., pp.,
page, or pages or I will decline to mark your essay
- 2. Ibid., page number(s) if different from previous entry
otherwise Ibid. alone suffices.
- 3. Magaret C. Jacob, Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry
Politics in Eighteenth-Century Europe (New York: Oxford University
Press, 1991), page number(s) referenced.
- 4. Anderson, Constitutions, page number(s). (this is an
example of the short form using Anderson's Constitutions; note
well that you only need to use this form if there is one footnote or
more separation between this footnote and the last time you used
Anderson's text, as here given the we have Jacob's text in between this
footnote and the last time we cited our man Anderson)
- 5. Ibid., page number(s) referenced if different from the
previous entry, otherwise Ibid. (note well that the use of Ibid. means
we're back to citing consecutively from Anderson [not thus from
Your paper is to be
5-6 typed, double-spaced pages in
length. Papers are to be typed in Times Roman font with a 12-pt.
pitch and must be appropriately footnoted (please see me before writing
a paper if you have questions about these standards). Good luck!