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On December 30, 2009 By Rene Tyree
The second installation in a series on the causes of the American Civil War. A summary of conditions in Antebellum America.Continue Reading →
Historian David H. Bennett contends, “Only in extraordinary times could nativism shape the policies of and give its name to a major party. Such was the situation from I852 to 1854” as regards the Know Nothing Party.
Men of political prominence began to join. In several New England states, the Know Nothings became a [...]Continue Reading →
In the 1830s and 1840s, Americans had rediscovered a fascination with fraternalism discarded earlier in the century “when anti-Masonry led to public suspicion of secret societies.” (1) This was the era of the Odd Fellows, the Foresters, the Good Fellows and the Druids, the Red Men and the Heptasops. (2)
James McPherson marks the beginning [...]Continue Reading →
On December 11, 2007 By Rene Tyree