By Mark A. Lause
This precise historical past of the Civil battle considers the effect 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 foundation for freemasonry within the usa, Mark A. Lause analyzes how the previous World's traditions stimulated a variety of underground teams and routine in the United States, quite George Lippard's Brotherhood of the Union, an American try and mirror 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 exhibits how, within the years top as much as the Civil conflict, those clandestine enterprises exacerbated present sectional tensions and will have performed an element 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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A Secret Society History of the Civil War by Mark A. Lause