FAQ: What's the difference between AF&AM and F&AM?

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  1. The Freemasonry FAQ

    Version 1.0
    August 2006

    This Frequently Asked Question comes from the weekly USENET MASONRY FAQ, posted to alt.freemasonry every Friday at 08:00 Pacific. Please refer to the weekly FAQ for other resource and contact information.

    What's the difference between AF&AM and F&AM?

    Today, there is no difference. F&AM means "Free & Accepted Masons";
    AF&AM means "Ancient Free & Accepted Masons".

    In 1723, a second Grand Lodge formed, which styled itself as ancient.
    It issued charters in the colonies, as did the original Grand Lodge.
    By the time the two Grand Lodges united in 1813, many U.S. Grand
    Lodges had been formed in the United States, and each adopted one or
    the other designations.

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