Secret Societies in America: Foundational Studies of Fraternalism (Paperback)

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By William D. Moore (Editor), Mark A. Tabbert (Editor)
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Fraternal organizations, often called "secret societies" because of their proprietary ritual initiations, have thrived in America since the 1730s. Only recently, however, have they become the subject of rigorous academic scrutiny. Bringing together foundational studies of American fraternalism by respected journalists, historians, and sociologists, this volume seeks to contribute to a greater understanding of this aspect of American life. Two respected authorities in the field have carefully selected and edited writings which shed light on how contemporaries understood fraternalism during its golden age of the 1800s, document how 20th century scholars understood these groups, and hopefully facilitate further research into this quintessentially characteristic American phenomenon.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781613420249
ISBN-10: 1613420242
Publisher: Cornerstone Book Publishers
Publication Date: November 11th, 2011
Pages: 316
Language: English