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A Secret Society History of the Civil War

Mark A. Lause


This history of the Civil War considers the impact of nineteenth-century American secret societies on the path to as well as the course of the war. Beginning with the European secret societies that laid the groundwork for Freemasonry in the United States, the book analyzes how the Old World's traditions influenced various underground groups and movements in America, particularly George Lippard's Brotherhood of the Union, an American attempt to replicate the political secret societies that influenced the European Revolutions of 1848. The book traces the Brotherhood's various manifestations, inc ... More

Keywords: US Civil War, secret societies, Freemasonry, Brotherhood of the Union, Knights of the Golden Circle, John Wilkes Booth, John Brown

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036552
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark A. Lause, author
Univ. of Cincinnati

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