Anti-Masonic Party

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Noun1.Anti-Masonic Party - a former political party in the United States; founded in 1825 in opposition to Freemasonry in public affairs
party, political party - an organization to gain political power; "in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"
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In the nineteenth century, the determination of white Masons to preserve the secrecy of their organization, coupled with fears of the unknown from without, provoked a specific period of Antimasonry and a corresponding political movement from the 1820s to the 1840s, during which "Antimasons first argued that Masonry's secrecy, exclusivity, and power all made it incompatible with a republican society based on equal rights and popular sovereignty" (Bullock 281).
To connect with this passionate and largely unschooled citizenry attracted by the populism of the Democrats and Antimasons, a more direct style of public speaking emerged.
This intrusion had been attempted before, also in the Burned-Over District where the Liberty party arose, by Antimasons. The Antimasonic party, peaking in the 1820s, was also accused of a perfectionistic impulse intruding into politics.