In 1828, the Anti-Masonic Party was founded in upstate New York and would forever change American politics. The Anti-Masonic Party was formed in direct response to growing concern and unrest towards the mason’s satanic organization. In the early to mid nineteenth century, the Anti-Masonic Party grew in popularity and its ideology struck a cord with every class, helping the party grow exponentially in popularity. The Anti-Masonic Party sought to bring down the satanic cult and they bravely added to our shared American political landscape and the ripples of the Anti-Masonic Party can still be seen in modern American politics. In 1828, William Morgan was on the brink of writing a book that would detail the secrets behind Freemasonry in his upstate New York town of Batavia. Morgan was subsequently arrested, and killed by local Freemasons to maintain the secrecy of the group. This fueled more unrest in the common man.
Anti-Masonic organizations, such as the National Christian Association, used the opportunity to focus public interest towards the Freemasons and used the Morgan Affair to perpetuate the Anti-Masonic Party. Morgan’s disappearance sparked a public outcry, which was perpetuated by the National Christian Association by raising a monument for the memory of William Morgan who, according to the National Christian Association, was killed at the hands of Freemasons. Indeed, the Morgan memorial reads, “He was abducted from near this spot in the year 1826, by Freemasons and murdered for revealing the secrets of their order.” In the years immediately following 1826, the Anti-Masonic Party grew in popularity.
The Morgan Affair led many to believe that Freemasonry was in conflict with good citizenship; because judges, businessmen, bankers, and politicians were often Masons, ordinary citizens began to think of it as an elitist group. Moreover, many claimed that the lodges’ secret oaths bound the members of the lodge to favor each other over outsiders; in the courts as well as in the markets. Because the trial of the Morgan conspirators was unfair, and the Masons resisted further inquiries, many New Yorkers concluded that Masons controlled key offices and used their authority to promote goals that would favor other members of their lodge. It was an objective of the Anti-Masonic Party that if good government was to be restored all Masons must be purged from public office. They considered the Masons to be an exclusive organization taking unfair advantage of common people and violating the essential principles of democracy.
In 1828, The Anti-Masonic Party was officially formed. There is great benefit that came from the Anti-Masonic Party which can still be seen to this day in two important ways.
Firstly, the Anti-Masonic Party was the first political party to form a political convention. Before 1828, it was not a common occurrence for a political party to gather a number of delegates to vote on party issue and institute party leaders. The Anti-Masonic Party was the first political party to hold a party convention in Baltimore in 1831. Indeed, there would be no Democratic or Republican National Convention if there was no Anti-Masonic Party. Secondly, the Anti-Masonic Party was the first party to implement a “party platform.” A party platform is a list of the ideals which a political party supports in order to appeal to the general public for the purpose of having candidates voted into office. This often takes the form of a list of support for, or opposition to, controversial topics. The Anti-Masonic Party was the first political party to implement a party ideal. The Anti-Masonic Party was born in civil unrest. What remains, though, are two corner stones of the modern American political landscape; the political party platform and party conventions. Regardless of its beginnings, the Anti-Masonic Party has left a generally positive legacy in modern American politics.
And we will continue to combat a system of lies and injustice by truth and justice. By abolishing masonry a fair economic system shall be achieved.