The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 406
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
in the field; and the percentage chosen from among Masons was
far in excess of the percentage that they represented in the whole
The degree to which Masonic philosophy influences individuals
and the whole population is subject to controversy. No doubt
Freemasonry made a contribution, but it is impossible to measure
the exact amount of that contribution, or, for that matter, the
exact amount of the contribution of any other philosophical
institution. Yet philosophy is the basis of accomplishment; it
establishes the goals for which men strive and gives direction
and coordination to their labors. In this light, it is significant
that Texas had been a possession of Spain for over a hundred
years with practically no development. The Anglo-Americans
came, led by Masons and Masonic philosophy, and within fifteen
years were well advanced on the way toward converting the
wilderness into a civilized state. There was little difference in
the physical equipment of the two peoples-the difference may
have been in their philosophy.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953, periodical, 1953; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/m1/478/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.