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How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream 1791–1935$
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Susan Nance

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832745

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807894057_nance

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Wise Men of the East and the Market for American Fraternalism, 1850–1892

Wise Men of the East and the Market for American Fraternalism, 1850–1892

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(p.79) Chapter 3 Wise Men of the East and the Market for American Fraternalism, 1850–1892
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How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream 1791–1935
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Susan Nance

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807894057_nance.7

This chapter tells the stories of professional Masons Rob Morris and Albert Rawson, men who cultivated the fraternal public in order to cobble together a living. It explains how rank-and-file Masons created burlesquing Oriental-style performance art bent on critiquing the romantic Masonic Middle East and middling Orientana of the Gilded Age. Generations of men put enormous time, money, and effort into these performances. They did not play Eastern or Muslim in a narrow attempt to demonize or feminize a Muslim “Other.” Rather, American fraternalists sought to enjoy two identities at once: authentically masculine wise man of the East; and successfully affluent man of the West.

Keywords:   Rob Morris, Albert Rawson, Masons, American fraternalists

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