Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
In the years before, during, and after the Civil War, large numbers of Americans joined secret movements, paramilitary clubs, and partisan societies. Their activities cast a shadow on public attitudes toward democracy, race, immigration, slavery, and political violence. In our own era of polarization and division Jon Grinspan, a curator at the National Museum of American History, finds parallels with an earlier time when tribal political identities pushed many to walk the line between the right to assemble and seditious violence.