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By Mark A. Lause

This precise heritage of the Civil battle considers the influence of nineteenth-century American mystery societies at the route to in addition to the process the struggle. starting with the ecu mystery societies that laid the foundation for freemasonry within the usa, Mark A. Lause analyzes how the outdated World's traditions stimulated a variety of underground teams and events in the USA, fairly George Lippard's Brotherhood of the Union, an American try to reflect the political mystery societies that prompted the eu Revolutions of 1848.

Lause strains 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 publication exhibits how, within the years major as much as the Civil battle, those clandestine agencies exacerbated latest sectional tensions and should have performed an element in key occasions comparable to John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Lincoln's election, and the Southern secession means of 1860-1861.

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