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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Knights of the Golden Circle Address, 1860



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Knights of the Golden Circle
Title: Knights of the Golden Circle Address
Dates: 1860
Abstract: An address, in a bound typescript volume, comprises the Knights of the Golden Circle Address, 1860, given at a general convention of the KGC in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Accession No.: 1932
OCLC No.:
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Created in 1854 by George W. L. Bickley, a Virginia-born physician, the Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC) was a secret organization that sympathized with the southern states and sought to establish a slaveholding nation encompassing the southern United States and Central America in a “Golden Circle.” The group championed the preservation of slavery from the perceived threat of northern Abolitionism. By 1859, KGC membership spread through the southern states and Texas, where the group gained considerable influence with thirty-two local chapters or “castles” throughout the state. From May 7-11, 1860, a general convention of the KGC met in Raleigh, North Carolina, which published a lengthy address to the people of the southern states. After the secession of Texas in March 1861, the KGC actively participated in the removal of federal authority from Texas and was rumored to support plots against the United States Government throughout the war.

Source: Campbell, Randolph B. “Knights of the Golden Circle.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed June 30, 2011.http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/vbk01.

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Scope and Contents

An address, in a bound typescript volume, comprises the Knights of the Golden Circle Address, 1860, given at a general convention of the KGC in Raleigh, North Carolina. This address to the people of the southern states details the group’s goals and ideology in an attempt to arouse secessionist sympathy in the South.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bickley, George W. L., 1823-1867
Subjects (Organizations)
Knights of the Golden Circle -- Archives.
Subjects
Secession -- Southern States -- Sources.
Copperhead movement.
Secret societies -- Southern states.
Slavery -- Justification.
Places
Southern States.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Knights of the Golden Circle Address, 1860, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2R72 An address to the citizens of the Southern states, May 1860

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