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A Secret Society History of the Civil War

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This unique 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, Mark A. Lause analyzes how the Old World's traditions influenced various underground groups and movements in Ame ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by University of Illinois Press (first published November 1st 2011)
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Jan 05, 2013 Michael rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: students of history
I was disappointed, for two reasons. I hoped for and expected more information about both white and black masonry. Yes they are still separate, and I believe by mutual agreement. Prince Hall was mentioned briefly. We are told that many, and there were many, of the secret societies took cues from the masons regarding form and ceremony.

Much of the information spoke about the Knights of the Golden Circle, or KGC. Other societies were built around trade unions, or any commonality that would bind a g
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