Based on years of research, David C. Keehn’s study unveils the true history of the shadowy Civil War-era secret society that initially sought to establish a slave-holding empire in the “Golden Circle” region of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Keehn reveals the origins, rituals, structure, and history of these mysterious "Knights", including their later involvement in the secession movement. This fast-paced narrative will appeal to both academic and general readers, and provides a whole new perspective on southern secession and the outbreak of the Civil War.
What the Critics are saying:
…well-written and extensively researched…All scholars who study the leaders and events of this period will find much of interest in this work, which is certain to become a classic.
Richard B. McCaslin, author of: Lee In the Shadow of Washington
Scholars have been starved for a sound, book-length study that would tie the loose ends together about the Knights of the Golden Circle…David Keehn’s book ends the drought.
Robert E. May, author of: The Southern Dream of a Caribbean Empire, 1854–1861
The Knights of the Golden Circle operated on the shadowy edges of American political life…Their dark maneuverings, as David Keehn brilliantly shows, were not the isolated and forgettable work of extremists….a powerful story…
Peter S. Carmichael, professor of Civil War Studies and author of The Last Generation
David C. Keehn’s recently published Knights of the Golden Circle: Secret Empire, Southern Secession, Civil War (April 2013, LSU Press) is a serious, comprehensive, and thoroughly researched treatment of the KGC…
Jim Schmidt, Author of the Civil War and Medicine (and Writing) Blog