By Mark A. Lause
This designated historical past of the Civil conflict considers the influence of nineteenth-century American mystery societies at the route to in addition to the process the struggle. starting with the ecu mystery societies that laid the basis for freemasonry within the usa, Mark A. Lause analyzes how the previous World's traditions encouraged a number of underground teams and activities in the US, fairly George Lippard's Brotherhood of the Union, an American try and reflect the political mystery societies that inspired the eu Revolutions of 1848.
Lause lines the Brotherhood's a variety of manifestations, together with the Knights of the Golden Circle (out of which constructed the Ku Klux Klan), and the accomplice mystery teams by which John Wilkes sales space and others tried to undermine the Union. This booklet indicates how, within the years top as much as the Civil battle, those clandestine firms exacerbated current sectional tensions and should have performed a component in key occasions similar to John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Lincoln's election, and the Southern secession technique of 1860-1861.
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