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Ritual America : secret brotherhoods and their influence on American society : a visual guide

Author: Adam Parfrey; Craig Heimbichner; Loren Coleman
Publisher: [Port Townsend, Wash.] : Feral House, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"America's biggest secret is hidden in plain sight-the vast, fundamental and ongoing influence of fraternal orders on our culture. Just decades ago, one out of every three Americans belonged to a secret society, and more than six hundred such groups flourished throughout the country. Today they are still mighty, particularly in the military, police and government."--Page 4 of cover.
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Genre/Form: History
Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Parfrey; Craig Heimbichner; Loren Coleman
ISBN: 9781936239146 1936239140
OCLC Number: 709681281
Awards: Commended for Independent Publisher Book Awards (History (U.S.)) 2012
Description: xix, 337 pages, 24 pages of color plates : illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Introduction --
Look around, they're everywhere --
Pomp and circumstance: every man a king --
The Grand Cyclops: race, gender, and the brotherhoods --
Strange, esoteric and confounding twilight language --
Color plates --
Raising tubal-Cain --
Sons of the desert: Freemasonry in popular culture --
Sex, death, clowns and crippled children --
Folk magick, crypto-Masonry, and holding it --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: by Adam Parfrey and Craig Heimbichner ; foreword by Loren Coleman.

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"America's biggest secret is hidden in plain sight-the vast, fundamental and ongoing influence of fraternal orders on our culture. Just decades ago, one out of every three Americans belonged to a secret society, and more than six hundred such groups flourished throughout the country. Today they are still mighty, particularly in the military, police and government."--Page 4 of cover.

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