By Mark A. Lause
This specific historical past of the Civil warfare considers the effect of nineteenth-century American mystery societies at the route to in addition to the process the battle. starting with the eu mystery societies that laid the basis for freemasonry within the usa, Mark A. Lause analyzes how the previous World's traditions stimulated quite a few underground teams and hobbies in the US, quite George Lippard's Brotherhood of the Union, an American try to reflect the political mystery societies that inspired the eu Revolutions of 1848.
Lause lines the Brotherhood's quite a few 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 e-book exhibits how, within the years major as much as the Civil conflict, those clandestine enterprises exacerbated current sectional tensions and will have performed an element in key occasions comparable to John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Lincoln's election, and the Southern secession strategy of 1860-1861.
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