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By Mark A. Lause

This designated heritage of the Civil conflict considers the effect of nineteenth-century American mystery societies at the route to in addition to the process the warfare. starting with the eu mystery societies that laid the basis for freemasonry within the usa, Mark A. Lause analyzes how the outdated World's traditions inspired quite a few underground teams and pursuits in the United States, relatively George Lippard's Brotherhood of the Union, an American try to mirror the political mystery societies that prompted the eu Revolutions of 1848.

Lause lines the Brotherhood's a number of manifestations, together with the Knights of the Golden Circle (out of which built 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 indicates how, within the years best as much as the Civil conflict, those clandestine enterprises exacerbated present sectional tensions and will have performed a component in key occasions resembling John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Lincoln's election, and the Southern secession means of 1860-1861.

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