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Fraternal Organizations (The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions) Hardcover – December 30, 1980

ISBN-13: 978-0313214363 ISBN-10: 0313214360

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Product Details

  • Series: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (December 30, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313214360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313214363
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Eagles, Odd Fellows, Rainbow Girls, the Grange, the Ku Klux Klan, and many other groups can be found in this alphabetically arranged encyclopedia of extant fraternal societies in the United States and Canada. . . . Each of the 400 or so entries furnishes a brief history, lists the number of members and the membership qualifications, discusses causes supported and benefits derived from membership, describes the ritual, and mentions reference sources. . . . The opening chapter is an entertaining and informative history of the place of fraternal organizations in American culture. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.?-Library Journal

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an entertaining and informative history of the place of fraternal organizations in American culture. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries. Library Journal

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Alvin J. Schmidt (PhD, University of Nebraska) retired in 1999 as professor of sociology at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he still lives. He is the author of several books, including The Great Divide: The Failure of Islam and the Triumph of the West, and served as a consulting editor for Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult.

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The Appendix of the book gives a history of the Fraternal Organizations,yet the Illuminati is excluded,yet possibly because it was a branch of Freemasonry and it could be also that the Illuminati wanted to take over Freemasonry,yet it is hard to tell why the branch of Freemasonry called the Illuminati was excluded,yet still you can find out that Freemasonry,the Knights Templar and even the Rosicrusians were all three Fraternal Organizations.

This book is a great reference guide to everything about Fraternal Organizations,except very condensed.
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