First, Medieval stone workers who built defense works for kings;
Second, revolutionary political dissidents who met in secret to plot against kings;
Third, after France's Revolution, unspecified influences of French infidelity, Jacobins, and Illuminati, though not of cognizance to the general membership.
This brief article is admittedly an incomplete examination of the America's founding and the varied influences that followed, but it is hoped that it will shed some light on these important ingredients in America's development and stimulate the reader to further investigate the:
Value of Judeo-Christian Ethics,
Arrival of Immigrants,
Second Great Awakening,
The French Revolution.