By Mark A. Lause
This detailed historical past of the Civil battle considers the impression of nineteenth-century American mystery societies at the route to in addition to the process the warfare. 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 hobbies in the United States, really George Lippard's Brotherhood of the Union, an American try and mirror the political mystery societies that encouraged the ecu 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 in 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 conflict, those clandestine companies exacerbated latest sectional tensions and should have performed an element in key occasions corresponding to John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Lincoln's election, and the Southern secession means of 1860-1861.
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A Secret Society History of the Civil War by Mark A. Lause