By Mark A. Lause
This detailed background of the Civil struggle considers the impression of nineteenth-century American mystery societies at the route to in addition to the process the conflict. starting with the eu mystery societies that laid the foundation for freemasonry within the usa, Mark A. Lause analyzes how the outdated World's traditions prompted numerous underground teams and activities in the US, really George Lippard's Brotherhood of the Union, an American try and mirror the political mystery societies that motivated the eu Revolutions of 1848.
Lause lines the Brotherhood's numerous 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 publication indicates how, within the years prime as much as the Civil warfare, those clandestine enterprises exacerbated latest sectional tensions and will have performed a component in key occasions equivalent to John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Lincoln's election, and the Southern secession strategy of 1860-1861.
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