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The Civil War: Knights of the Golden Circle

Washington, DC
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Author David Keehn looks at the secret society known as the Knights of the Golden Circle that sought to establish a slave empire spanning the southern United States, Mexico, Cuba, and the West Indies. Created in 1854 by George Bickley, a Virginia-born doctor, the organization later shifted its focus to overthrowing the U.S. government and carrying out clandestine operations to support “the Southern cause.” In this program, Mr. Keehn talks about the key members in the secret society and their role in pushing for secession. The National Archives hosted this event.

Updated: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:08am (ET)

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